xxx in Amsterdam

Are you one of those people that think the XXX in Amsterdam stand for porn? HA YOU’RE WRONG! When written under a letter, email or sms, the 3 x’es stand for 3 kisses. The Dutch give 3 kisses. For hello, for bye and to EVERYONE. First day at work in the new year? 3 kisses for every colleague! 40 people sitting in a circle on a family birthday? 3 kisses for everyone!

So what’s up with the XXX?

The coat of arms of Amsterdam is the official symbol of the city of Amsterdam. It consists of a red shield and a black pale with three silver Saint Andrew’s Crosses, the Imperial Crown of Austria, two golden lions, and the motto of Amsterdam.  The crosses and the crown can be found as decorations on different locations in the city.

Some people say the three saltires represent the three dangers of ancient Amsterdam: fire, floods, and the Black Death. That theory however has no historical basis. The crosses might have their origin in the shield of the noble family Persijn. The knight Jan Persijn was ‘lord’ of Amstelledamme (Amsterdam) from 1280 to 1282. In the escutcheons of Dordrecht and Delft, two other cities inHolland, the pale refers to water. In analogy with this, the black pale in the escutcheon of Amsterdam would refer to the river Amstel. Both the colours and the crosses are also found in the escutcheons of two towns near Amsterdam: the village of Ouder-Amstel on the banks of the river Amstel to the southeast, and Nieuwer-Amstel (now the suburb Amstelveen) to the southwest. Both villages were also the property of the Persijn family.

During the 1941 February strike in Amsterdam, for the first time in Europe non-Jewish people protested against the persecution of Jews by the Nazi regime. Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands wanted to remember the role of the citizens of Amsterdam during World War II and created a motto consisting of the Dutch words “Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig”, meaning “Valiant, Steadfast, Compassionate”. On March 29, 1947, Wilhelmina presented the motto as part of the coat of arms of Amsterdam to the city government.

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Thx Wikipedia for text & pics.

3 Comments to “xxx in Amsterdam”

  1. Fascinating post! But if this is true, then why do people all over the world also leave three kisses at the ends of messages?

    Thanks for liking my post ‘Flying like a bird, jumping waves like a maniac — Mellieha, by the way!

  2. I honestly have no idea, sorry!

    ANYONE?

  3. Very interesting insight. Thanks for sharing!

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