Thousands of people gathered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday to celebrate the Dutch national flower, the tulip.
For this occasion, tulip growers have created a colorful garden on the Museumplein consisting of 200,000 colorful buds, inspired by the details of Johannes Vermeer’s painting The Mistress and the Maid.
The name of this flower comes from Johannes Vermeer’s painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
On the day of the event, Irene Schoten, a Dutch skater who is the daughter of Tulip’s top producer Claes Schoten, appeared as a special guest. She won her gold medal in the women’s 3000m speed skating at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, breaking the Olympic record for the first time in 20 years with a time of 3:56.93.
National Tulip Day is usually held on the third Saturday in January and attracts hundreds of digital content creators each year, as well as professional and amateur gardeners.
“A wonderful, wonderful place. Lots of flowers, happy people. Perfect!” said Jan Willem, one of the attendees.
It is the first time. A friend of mine told me about it and it was totally worth the wait in line.We love flowers and what a great way to spend a Saturday, right?” visitor girlfriend Veronica Manzano and Rosanna Segrettan said.
During the season, Dutch growers grow between 1.7 and 1.9 billion tulips, which are exported to more than 100 countries around the world.
The nearby Rijksmuseum (National Museum) will host a Vermeer exhibition, opening on February 10, 2023, bringing together 27 of his paintings.