Netherlands marks the return of well-known herring competition in The Hague
After a three-year break, the Dutch competition of Vlaggetjesdag or Little Flags Day happened in Scheveningen on Saturday, bringing collectively greater than 200,000 guests to have a good time the fishermen off to usher in recent herring.
The vacation, which is traditionally marked on the Saturday previous the Pentecost, was named after the fishing boats which might be adorned with small vibrant flags as their captains examined their engines and adjusted compasses earlier than setting off to hunt for the native delicacy.
The vacation, which additionally was held within the fishing cities of Ijmuiden and Vlaardingen, has through the years grown right into a full-blown competition, with Scheveningen internet hosting a good and an public sale for the primary barrel of herrings.
Thilo is a vacationer from Germany and got here to The Hague for the celebration, having fun with the favored fish in addition to music and wonderful climate.
“We’re right here from Germany and doing trip and we heard about this competition right here. So, we’re coming right here,” he stated.
“We get pleasure from it as a result of it is a sunny day and to exit with none masks or something, it is nice. We get pleasure from it.”
Arthem, a fish market employee, defined why he thought the competition was so particular.
“[It’s a] good day and persons are comfortable. We’re making herring for them, recent herring, and giving it away in order that they’ll style it.”
“And the enjoyable is that lots of people who come right here have by no means tasted it earlier than and so they prefer it. So then we’ve a great day additionally,” he defined.
“Though most of this 12 months’s actions happened on land, spectators might admire dozens of moored cutters and small fishing boats within the harbour.”
With guests from throughout the Netherlands and Germany, Vlaggetjesdag is as a lot of a celebrated vacationer occasion as a gastronomic expertise.