In the Netherlands there are only certain days when it’s legal to display the national flag. Excessive patriotism is considered somewhat suspect, and given the history of war in Europe this is not a complete mystery. However, this week I saw a huge flag (not NL) hanging out a window and halfway down a house with a backpack hanging over it.
“Weird,” I thought.
Then I saw a Dutch flag on a pole with a backpack hanging on the end of the pole. Hmm…
Thanks to my local Facebook group, I now know what this means. High school students in the Netherlands must pass final exams to graduate, and each of those homes has someone who is graduating.
As more of these appear around Holland, I know I’ll look up now, smile, and think, “You go! Congratulations!”