Who The Hell Is Sinterklaas

No it’s not Santa. Sinterklaas is a real Dutch phenomena. Every year on a Sunday in mid November he arrives in Amsterdam, coming from Spain on his steamboat. There he gets on his white horse and takes a tour through Amsterdam and all other parts in The Netherlands. His lively cheerful servants, all named Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), run all over the place, being silly and handing over a special sort of candy (pepernoten, speculaas) to the children.

From the arrival of Sinterklaas untill December 5, the kids are excited. Almost everywhere Sinterklaas can pop-up. Because it is a busy time for this old man, everybody finds it perfectly normal to run into an ‘assistant Sinterklaas’ who obviously isn’t the real one, but is treated with the same respect.

Sinterklaas is a generous man, every night he is out with his servants, putting presents and treats in children’s shoes. This leads to a climax on December 5th, when he sends his servants out delivering big bags of presents to almost every house where children live and brings a visit to many of them himself (funny video).

Written by Adam Beutler:
I'm actually from the Netherlands and I still find this HILARIOUS because there really is no other way to explain all this! You really shouldn't overthink these kind of traditions, just enjoy it! I mean, we're already used to the fact that Holland's got a horrible reputation because of all the prejudices, might as well get a laugh from it!

After December 5, Sinterklaas goes home in a quiet way and the Dutch prepare for Christmas. (And maybe even Santa. We don’t mind getting presents twice.)

In the USA there live quite some Dutch who want to invite Sinterklaas. His servants are most white people who use make up to look black.
Now in the USA this is called racist and therefore forbidden. So in the USA Sinterklaas has white servants called Piet (Pete). I wonder what happens when a African American would want to help Sinterklaas. Does he have to use make up to appear white? :)


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