Hello! welcome to my blog, this is my first post. In this blog I'm going to write about the Netherlands and any other stuff that may come to mind to me.
Today I want to tell you about the Canadian tulip festival that takes place every year in Ottawa, Canada.
This tulip festival claims to be the largest in the world and displays around 3 million tulips, that's a lot of flowers don't you think?
The history behind this festival is as follows:
during World War II, the nazis invaded the Netherlands and occupied it, during that time Canada gave shelter in their country to princess Juliana of Netherlands and their daughters.
While at Canada, princess Juliana gave birth to a new little princess and right before that happened, Canada declared the maternity ward to be international territory so that the newborn princess would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother.
After the war the dutch sent the canadians 100,000 tulip bulbs in gratitude and they send another 20.000 bulbs every years since.