- Celebrated on the 5th of December
- All about the presents he distributes!
- Average Dutch household spends 130 euro on Sinterklaas gifts
- Like Santa, Sinterklaas is good to good children and strict to the naughty
- Children leave a shoe by the chimney with a carrot for the horse in it
- According to tradition, he rides over housetops with the grey horse and drops gifts through the chimney into the shoes
- He leaves chocolate letters and cookies for the children
- He leaves unusual gifts for the adults including humorous poems making gentle fun of each other and wrapped in very unusual ways
So who was Zwarte Piet (Black Peter)?
- Based on exotically dressed servants from the Dutch colonies
- He guides Sinterklaas' horse through the streets of the Netherlands (rides in the flatbed with him in the Caribbean I guess)
- Carries a burlap bag and chases children through the streets, attempting to stuff them inside
- Tradition has it that he takes the naughty children back to Spain in the bag
- Children love running from him and after him!
- As the Netherlands became more multicultural, it became a moral dilemma for the Dutch, but politically correct experiments with blue, white, and even multi-colored Pieten have been unsuccessful. Tradition remains strong!
Charles, recovering from facial injuries, and friendZwarte Piet getting ready to run from the children. On the broken up rough concrete streets, there were more than a few tripping injuries. This game Never EVER would have happened in the sue-happy streets of the USA.I am not sure that the formal and traditional Netherlands Sinterklaas and Zwatre Piet do the Electric Slide through the streets either.
Our Caribbean Piet, is noted, doesn't really look much like the Dutch Piet. Check out the high top Nikes, gold jewelry, and sunglasses, and MJ glove...My favorite Carribean twist to the whole thing: Sinterklaas painted his face white......is that politically correct?