Traditionally, a grand celebration is held around the arrival of the New Herring in the Netherlands. In the harbour of Scheveningen, part of the city of The Hague, about 200,000 people celebrate the arrival of the New Herring and eat it raw from that day on. Along the docks of the Scheveningen Harbours the celebrations consist of around 30 activities. Shanty choirs, traditional clothing, traditional crafts, Old Dutch children’s games, a naval review…. And off course Herring. All these activities are brought together in the event ‘Vlaggetjesdag’ (Flag day Scheveningen).
The event is ideal for visiting with the family. For all ages there is something to do or see, during this event. Are you interested in the history of Scheveningen or the fishing industry, do you enjoy the music of the Shanty choirs (seamen songs) or are you interested in fishing vessels of all kinds, small homemade markets or just a day at leisure. Flag day is the perfect day in the Netherlands to enjoy the Dutch hospitality. The event starts around 10.00 a.m. until 7.00 p.m.
The origin of this Dutch Folklore event is found in the past when the herring luggers were dressed up with hundreds of flags in their rigging during the Holiday ‘Whitsun’, before they sailed out for New Herring. The whole village of Scheveningen would go to the harbours to look at the beautiful dressed up luggers. This tradition is still intact, however the amount of visitors to the event has grown enormously during the years.