Happy King’s Day: 5 facts about orange

On April 27 the Netherlands gets a little crazy and extremely (more than usual!) orange: it’s King’s Day (formally Queen’s Day). It is the birthday of Willem-Alexander – the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. To celebrate the Netherlands gets bathed in the national color – orange (oranje). People paint their faces, hair is dyed orange, even food and drink becomes a color that on any other day of the year, would be met with a perplexed expression.

You cannot help but smile! It is a visual feast and a riot of color that spans the entire ‘Lowlands’, with festivities, live music, parties, street markets, and an electric atmosphere that is impossible to miss. To enjoy the biggest street party of the year, there is no better place to head to than the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, where thousands of party loving Amsterdammers will be flocking to the many beautiful streets, canals, and parks with one goal – to spread the #orangelove.

The Netherlands flag and decorations on King's day

To get you into the spirit of King’s Day, here are 5 facts about orange that you may have not known:

The power of orange

Orange can make you more beautiful! According to latest research, consuming carrots along with peppers can give you a healthy glow. Research found that consuming a pepper (doesn’t have to be orange!) a day for six weeks along with 150ml of carrot (this is orange!), you start to develop a healthy glow, due to the carotenoid pigment found in these two vegetables.

basket of carrots good health properties

Who claimed orange?

You do not have to pay royalties to French multinational telecommunications corporation, Orange, every time you buy anything orange. However, and unbelievably, brands can indeed register a colour, meaning that a brand has sufficiently demonstrated that a colour as become synonymous with their brand in the mind of the consumer. Such a case is Cadbury’s victory over Nestlé in 2011 over exclusive rights to use the distinctive purple-coloured chocolate wrapper. However, U.S. Courts refused similar rights to Orange. If they were still around, surely Picasso and Monet surely would have trademarked their signature melancholy blue!

Growing oranges

Brazil may have floundered in their own backyard in the World Cup 2014, but as a country they are world champion orange growers, producing about 1/3 of the world’s production, approximately 455 million boxes! The majority of production is concentrated in the state of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, and home of the famous Corinthians football club –the only billionaire soccer club in Brazil.

orange orchard tree at sunset

Orange on film

Manchester, United Kingdom author Anthony Burgess’s dystopian classic novel A Clockwork Orange – a celebration of youth violence, famously made into a film by Stanley Kubrick – who later withdrew the film from British cinemas – has nothing to do with oranges. In fact, the name derives from an old Cockney expression “queer as a clockwork orange,” meaning something strange.

Orange is gold

One of the most famous and most photographed bridges in the world, the art deco Golden Gate Bridge suspension bridge in San Francisco, isn’t gold at all. In fact, it is painted International Orange (Golden Gate Bridge), which is a shade of orange that is 77% saturated and 75% bright. Its color came about by chance, and was due to the architect Irving Morrow, the Golden Gate’s consulting architect, noticing the striking reddish-orange primer painted on some of the steel. He then championed the unusual color, and persuaded the Department of War, the permitting agency at the time, that the bridge should be painted this color, rather than the standard grey, black or silver of the time.

Kings Day the Netherlands

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