If you're thinking of getting all patriotic as the summer Olympics approach then think again - you can't just get your flag out and start willy-nilly waving it about how and when you want!
Firstly, there are moments for 'general flagging' (where you and I can wave away) and there are times for "restricted flagging" (only on state building and the like). Here are the dates when General Joe Public may proudly fly the Dutch flag from their houses:
27 April - King's Day
4 May - Remembrance day (with time restrictions and flag must be flown at half mast)
5 May - Liberation Day
Last Saturday in June - Veteran's Day
15 August - official end of World War 2
3rd Tuesday in September (only in The Hague) - Opening of Parliament
So there you have it. General Joe Public may not hoist the flag for any royal birthdays - you'll only see flags out on state buildings and the like for these occasions. They are also not officially permitted to raise a flag for sporting events, though you often see orange flags flying during a major football tournament.
But wait, there's more. On King's Day you may also raise your orange wimpel with the Dutch flag. For non-Dutch speakers - a wimpel is a bit of material shaped like a long neck tie. It's the only annual use you'll ever get out of your orange wimpel so make the most of it.
And that's not all of it... if the said flag flying day should fall on a Sunday or a Christian holiday then the date for official flag raising may change.....so you need to check before you get your ladder out, or hang precariously out a window to reach the flag holder.
And there are also rules about the size and colours of the flag, how it should be raised and how the flags should sit should there be two together. Really. And you thought the Dutch rolled out of bed on any given King's Day and just 'put their flag up". Now you know differently!
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