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Anyone can play the hula hoop ! | by martin alberts Pictures of Amsterdam
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Anyone can play the hula hoop !


A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. Hula hooping has been a type of exercise and play from as early as the 5th century in ancient Greece.

I made this shot during the Hartjesdagen in Amsterdam. Men dressed as women, and women dressed as men. Hartjesdag (Day of Hearts) is a festival celebrated on the 3rd weekend in August at the Zeedijk in Amsterdam. Hartjesdagen has existed since the middle ages. During the German occupation in 1943 the Hartjesdag became prohibited, and after the war it eventually became obsolete. In 1997 a local committee in the Zeedijk, Amsterdam, decided to revive the tradition. Each year since then, the festival has flourished into a two day event.

Copyright Martin Alberts 2012.

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Taken on August 24, 2012