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Netherlands: Amsterdam bursts in colours as Tulip Day kicks off04:02

Netherlands: Amsterdam bursts in colours as Tulip Day kicks off

Netherlands, Amsterdam
January 23, 2023 at 08:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of Amsterdam residents celebrated National Tulip Day at Museum Square on Saturday with a fire show and free flower distribution. Traditionally, this event opens the season in the 'Land of tulips', as the Netherlands is often called.

During the festival, all visitors could pick up a free bouquet in a vast garden with more than 200,000 tulips. Footage shows people putting flowers in paper bags and having their pictures taken against the plants' backdrop.

"We produce around two million stems each year. That's in total around half a million Euro, but by money. We export around 50 per cent to the German market, 15 per cent to the English market, around 7 per cent to the market in the United States, Belgium, east of Europe, Russia also, but at this moment, very difficult, of course," Arjan Smit, event director, said.

This year the festival was attended by Olympic speed skating champion Irene Schouten, who introduced a new variety of tulip that has been dubbed the 'Dutch Pearl' as a tribute to the famous painting 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring' by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. For this reason, the event was held in front of the Rijksmuseum, which hosts an exhibition of the artist's works.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Tulip Day.

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Hundreds of Amsterdam residents celebrated National Tulip Day at Museum Square on Saturday with a fire show and free flower distribution. Traditionally, this event opens the season in the 'Land of tulips', as the Netherlands is often called.

During the festival, all visitors could pick up a free bouquet in a vast garden with more than 200,000 tulips. Footage shows people putting flowers in paper bags and having their pictures taken against the plants' backdrop.

"We produce around two million stems each year. That's in total around half a million Euro, but by money. We export around 50 per cent to the German market, 15 per cent to the English market, around 7 per cent to the market in the United States, Belgium, east of Europe, Russia also, but at this moment, very difficult, of course," Arjan Smit, event director, said.

This year the festival was attended by Olympic speed skating champion Irene Schouten, who introduced a new variety of tulip that has been dubbed the 'Dutch Pearl' as a tribute to the famous painting 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring' by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. For this reason, the event was held in front of the Rijksmuseum, which hosts an exhibition of the artist's works.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Tulip Day.