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King’s Day celebrations

Dutch residents will dress in orange in honour of their king.
Dutch residents will dress in orange in honour of their king. / SUR
  • Dutch residents along the Costa del Sol will be celebrating the birth of King Willem-Alexander on 27 April

The streets and bars in La Carihuela, Torremolinos, will be decked out in bright orange next Thursday, in recognition of Koningsdag (King’s Day), the national holiday of the Netherlands.

Dutch residents along the Costa del Sol will be celebrating the birth of King Willem-Alexander on 27 April, and in La Carihuela, a massive street party will take place between 3pm and 8pm.

The event, which is open to the public, has been organised by the cultural department of Torremolinos town hall, with the collaboration of the Voom Voom Club in La Carihuela.

The festival will include a street market offering Dutch handicraft products and the traditional food and drink of the Netherlands.

Visitors will able to sample smoked sausages, sauerkraut, meatloaf and stamppot, a hearty stew of mashed potatoes, vegetables and meat.

There will be shows, attractions, and live music supplied by several bands and Dutch DJs, including Gösta, Gypsy Bros, Kobus Engels, Mike Sanders, Kees Diks and Bianca Voom.

The King’s Day celebrations first began in 1885 and orange is traditionally worn as a show of respect for the Dutch royal family - The House of Orange-Nassau.

In a similar fashion to the Saint Patrick’s day celebrations, Dutch nationals will be covered from head to toe in orange wigs, wacky clothes and face paint.

The festival has become a reference event for the Dutch community on the Costa del Sol.

Prior to Willem-Alexander’s accession to the throne in 2013, King’s Day was called Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag), and was held on 30 April in honour of the former monarch, Queen Beatrix.

With a large Dutch population, Torremolinos maintains strong historic ties to the Netherlands.