Sinterklaas Arrives!

Sinterklass ship 17-Nov-2007

Today Sinterklaas and a boat full of helpers, known as Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters), arrived in the Netherlands by boat today from Spain, and it is a big event! I took a few shots of the live TV broadcast. Above is the ship coming into the town of Kampen. Once the ship pulled in, Sinterklaas disembarked, and then toured around the town greeting children.


Sinterklaas Greetings


Read a bit about the traditions here in the Netherlands.

A popular part of the celebrations, which will go on for the next three weeks until December 5th, is chocolate letters. As you can see, I got my “G” already – and they’re pretty good-sized – about 4 inches tall and half an inch thick.

Chocolate G

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  • Jim  On November 17, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Not sure about the “Zwarte Pieten” but chocolate letters sound like a grand idea!

    Let’s see: J-I-M-K-R-E-H-B-I-E-L would get me most of the way to Christmas, and if I added my middle name: R-O-G-E-R I’d make it there for sure, along with a few extra pounds.

    Thanks for the interesting input on other cultures celebrations. I enjoy it!

  • Curt  On November 18, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Yes, the story on Zwarte Piet is mixed. The more historical version is that he is a Moor (which makes sense coming from Spain). The (I suspect) more recent version is that he is the one who climbs down chimneys to deliver presents (so Sinterklaas can stay clean!).

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