Did you know that the tulip, which flowers from February to May, originated in Persia, and gets its name from the Turkish word “tulbend”, meaning turban-plant, with reference to its distinctive shape? The flower therefore features strongly in The Tales of the Arabian Nights. Red, is the colour of eternal love. Multi-coloured is for admiration, while yellow represents unrequited love.The Netherlands, world centre of the flower trade, produce 90% of the world tulip supply. And orange is the symbol of joy.
Orange, like the colour of the former Queen (in fact since 1948), whose official birthday is celebrated every year on April 30th, the Queen Mother’s birthday, during the “Grand Carnaval”. The Dutch dress up in a sea of orange to pay tribute to William II Prince of Orange. Millions of people take to the streets of Amsterdam to sing, dance and drink Oranje bitter with jenever and take part in an enormous flea market known as the Vrijmarkt. Fireworks, guitar-playing and parades all play a role in this immensely sparkling, popular celebration ... A floral bouquet and a glass of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte ... the perfect combination!
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