Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sinterklaas (Santa Claus)

The arrival of Sinterklaas into town became a huge event and is broadcast on national television. Numerous people dress as Zwarte Pieten in various cities and towns across the Netherlands. Traditionally their faces are blackened because Zwarte Piet is a Spanish (moorish) servant of Sinterklaas (though some people said Zwarte Piet was originally a slave who, when Sinterklaas bought him his freedom, was so grateful that he stayed to assist him). Today, sometimes the more politically correct explanation that Pete's face is "black from soot" (as Pete has to climb through chimneys to deliver his gifts) is used. Read more

Because of making the video I was not active with ham radio yesterday. Missed a CW contest. On the video you see the arrival of Sinterklaas in our village.

2 comments:

  1. Very good video, Paul. Very pro. I recall passing, too many years ago, the holidays at the home of my Dutch ex-sister-in-law in Holland.

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    1. Hi Dick, thank you, we all like Sinterklaas as a folklore we wont miss. 73 Paul

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