Hartjesdagen

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Amsterdam / Street photography

Hartjesdagen

An event photographer I am not. There are too many cameras around and it is too crowded to do what I do best. There is one exception to this rule and that is Amsterdam’s event called Hartjesdagen. Hartjes is now being translated as hearts, but the original Dutch word probably meant ‘hertjes’ which is to be translated as small deer.

The festivities are a revival of an old Amsterdam tradition to give temporary hunting rights to the poor in autumn so they would have enough food to survive the winter. In celebration of these rights men would dress as women and women would dress as men. Today it is mostly a parade for Drag Queens.

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