Why the Orange Dutch Tompouce is famous
In the Netherlands we have traditional sweet pastries. And one off these is Dutch Orange Tompouce. The word Tompouce does not translate well in any other language. It’s a lovely vanilla crème between two layers of puff pastry, with a pink glaze on top. Maybe a little touch of whipped crème and you have a delicious Dutch Treat.
Very hard to eat elegantly though. Try one and you will understand, and do not be suprised it will get messy. But once you had one, most Expats want more. Do you know that on some occasions the glaze of the tompouce is not pink but orange? And do you know why?
The Orange Tompouce on King’s Day
In the Netherlands we celebrate the King’s birthday (Willem-Alexander) on April 27-th. It’s an official bank holiday. On that day, all schools are closed, most shops are closed and the whole nation celebrates the Monarchy with festivities. Some Dutch people go crazy on this Koningsdag. They dress up in orange, they decorate their outdoors with orange.
The Dutch have all sorts of fun and crazy activities in the streets. One of these remarkable Dutch activities is the Dutch buy & sell stuff from their garage on the Vrijmarkt (Free market).
Orange is the national color of the Dutch Nation and refers to the Dutch Monarchie, the ‘Van Oranje Nassau’ Royal Family.
As a result of the Orange focus of this bank holiday, the traditional pink glazed Tompouce is made orange.
And they wear the special (but not very creative name) ‘Oranje Tompoucen’.
Only for sale at Kings’ Day, but not this year. You might find them in your Backery today!
Orange is the new Pink; Orange the World 2020
This year in the Netherlands you might spot Orange Tompouces between 25-th of november till 10-th of december 2020.
So not only on Kingsday in April, but right now at the end of the year. This orange in these Orange Tompouces symbolises the campaign ‘Orange the World” which is an international campaign to Stop violence againt Women.
What can you do to support Orange the World and stand up for these women.
These 1 in 3 women that suffer from gender-based violence? You can go to your Backery and ask for an Oranje Tompouce!
Orange the World 2020; Stop Violence against Women
The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities, from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under our 2020 global theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.
Dutch Orange the World activities
Locally in the Netherlands a.o Soroptimist Serviceclubs are contributing in highly interactive ways (but also Corona-proof of course) to get more attention to the devastating numbers of Violence against Women worldwide. One in Three women will encounter Violence in her life which is gender-based. On www.orangepaper.nu you can find more regional news on the 2020 activities.
Mail us if you want more information on either the Violence topic or the Soroptimist Service Clubs in the Netherlands.
Read more about this on the Sorroptimist clubs worldwide 0n: https://www.soroptimistinternational.org.
Read more on UN Women on: https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women?gclid=Cj0KCQiAtqL-BRC0ARIsAF4K3WGgUbpdY75fjQOCQ8eRF365IB6F5jalQb3fN1LcIQLNfYYjAs2FJZEaAo_gEALw_wcB