National Tulip Day
Karen de Man
Every year the Netherlands celebrates the official start of the tulip season on National Tulip Day on 19 January. Rain or shine, snow or high water, the Dutch will not stop from throwing a party for their national flower.The season begins officially during a celebration on the Dam Square in Amsterdam. This event is organised by Dutch tulip growers who build a special tulip picking garden on Dam Square. After a festive opening ceremony, anyone can come to pick free tulips here.This festive event sets of the tulip season as some 1.7 billion Dutch tulips are expected to bring spring and joy into the homes of many around the world.Click here if you want to know more about the blooming season of tulips in the Netherlands, where to go to shoot the best tulip pictures or to have an overview of Holland's many flower parades.