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Oranjegekte was initially confined to a few days in the year reserved for celebrations of the monarchy, until it expanded to include sports events. Festivities were usually organized at the local level by neighborhood associations and Oranjeverenigingen ("Orange associations") and supported financially by the government. Notable events include the January 1937 wedding between, then the Dutch crown princess, and
; in and other places festivities lasted until the start of. In 1934 Oranjegekte in relation to sports became a phenomenon remarked on in the Dutch media when during the in Italy, thousands of supporters (though not yet orange-clad) traveled to Italy and crowded the boulevards, some dressed in the traditional garb of (according to ), singing "We gaan naar Rome toe" ("We're going to Rome").

Oranjegekte is considered to have really taken off during the, where 30 to 40 thousand Dutch fans attended every game: "Along the way a new phenomenon revealed itself during the tournament: national oranjegekte and masses of supporters following the team. " Even the 2-1 loss to West Germany in the final did not dampen Dutch enthusiasm in West Germany and at home, though the loss left a wound not healed until.

If you ever watched the Dutch soccer team play or visited Amsterdam during Queens day, you might wonder why we all dress in Orange. Especially because the colours of our flag are red, white and blue. Why not dress up in those colours right? Well, Orange is the colour of our, who are called БOranje-NassauБ, and the Dutch word БOranjeБ means БOrangeБ. They have played a central role in the political life of the Netherlands since (БWilliam the SilentБ) organized the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule, which after the Eighty YearsБ War led to an independent Dutch state.

More specifically, our Queen is called БBeatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and Princess of Lippe-BiesterfeldБ. ThatБs a mouth full П The colour Orange has come to symbolise the country and our national pride. That is why lotБs of people dress up in Orange when our national sports teams play or when we celebrate Queens day at the 30th of April. Dutch soccer fans during European Championship 2008 Dutch people wearing Orange at Queens day

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