World Pillow Fight Day-Amsterdam

Amsterdam never ceases to amaze me. Not in my wildest dreams had I imagined such an event with this intensity. Thousands of people came together on Dam Square for the year’s most massive pillow fight on April 2nd. We went there with our Cameras to capture the event but soon started picking a fight with Pillows.

Rules:
– Soft pillows only!
– Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once
– Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras
– Remove glasses, necklaces, bracelets and other things which can be broken beforehand
– Events are usually free and appropriate for all ages
– Wait until the signal to begin

The event began at 3 PM . When people had bought pillows and started hitting each other politely. Soon it became frantic and there were feathers and cotton in the air. There were torn pillows on the floor and people were refilling them with cotton to hit each other.

What amazed me was that people of different ages be it children or old people were fplaying with the same enthusiasm. Some say the events are to help relieve city stress and get people outside, while others claim it’s just a bit of fun. This is me playing with a child. I got so into the fight

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People were dressed in carnival costumes. It was a joyous event and we has fun. It was choking after a while the cotton and feathers entering your windpipe. I took some breaks and got back into the arena this time with goggles.

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It was the most crowds I had seen in Dam square since I came here- People of Amsterdam fighting and a row of tourists filming the event. In the other side of dam square were artists performing and some dressed up in comic costumes.

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The Sea bespeckled with ships – The SAIL event Amsterdam

The Dutch have a rich historical tradition of sailing and exploring the sea. SAIL is an event that takes place once in five years in Amsterdam to honour this tradition. Thousands of ships sail into the Ij (Pronounced as Eye) Lake and this attracts a million tourist due to its magnificent scale and sheer beauty.The first Sail Amsterdam event took place in 1975, on the occasion of the 700 anniversary of the city and they continued this every five years. An eventful trip it turned out to be in Amsterdam when I got to witness the SAIL event from ashore.

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One of the things that surprised me about this city is the love people having towards cruising and riding boats. Especially the warm summer,mild and sunny weather  made it compelling for people to get on their boats or get out of house to watch the boats.

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I got to see an Indian boat. It was queer joy to see the indian flag ! 😀

There was a Live DJ show  and sheds where beers were sold. We were chilling out at the IJ lake by the Eye museum till night.

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It was a delight seeing ships cross by like this in the middle of the city 😀

SAIL event is one that is not be missed!