Most newcomers lack that Orange feeling
28 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — On the eve of the celebrations of Queen Beatrix's silver jubilee, it appears most newcomers don't feel connected to the Dutch royals.
28 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — On the eve of the celebrations of Queen Beatrix's silver jubilee, it appears most newcomers don't feel connected to the Dutch royals.
A majority of the 900 foreigners questioned in a study carried out on behalf of the national lottery, de Staatsloterij, said they did not share the natives' "oranjegevoel", or enthusiasm for the Dutch dynasty, the House of Orange.
Some 53 percent said they did not share the sentiment, while 43 percent said they did.
Only 33 percent said Queen's Day — a national holiday celebrated annually on 30 April — is the best example of the orange sentiment.
Among Moroccans, 62 percent expressed little interest in celebrating the House of Orange, with 34 percent indicating they are partial to orange enthusiasm.
Among Turkish members of the community, 58 percent answered no and 29 percent said yes.
Second generation allochtonen, the Dutch term for non-native Dutch residents, were markedly more positive about the celebration of orange than the first generation.
This was most apparent among Moroccans, with 26 percent of the first generation and 46 percent of the second expressing positive views on orange celebrations.
The survey also found that while members of the Surinamese or Antillean communities occasionally might "hoist the orange" on Queen's Day or during a football match, the Turks and Moroccans hardly ever indulged in such displays.
Of non-native groups, the Surinamese form an exception, as 60 percent have the orange feeling, according to the survey.
Suriname is a former Dutch colony and Dutch is the national language.
The native Dutch go 'orange mad' on Queen's Day. The colour orange is displayed everywhere and the public — exempted from the need to obtain permits — turn the country into a massive, outdoor flea market.
Open-air parties continue well into the night as revellers enjoy traditional Dutch tunes and an abundance of alcohol.
Newcomers pointed to Argentine-born princess Maxima, wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, as the second most important embodiment of the orange feeling after the monarch.
Natives awarded the second place to crooner Andre Hazes who died in 2004.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news