Today is Sinterklaas in the low lands. The Netherlands, Belgium and some parts of France. Here is a great explanation for those not familiar with the kids favourite holiday.
…for those who are not Dutch.
A vintage Sinterklaas postcard
Sinterklaas is a traditional Winter holiday figure still celebrated today in the Low Countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as French Flanders (Lille) and Artois (Arras). The feast celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas — patron saint of children. Sinterklaas is the basis for the North American figure of Santa Claus.
In the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas’ Eve on 5 December, became the chief occasion for gift-giving during the Christmas season. For Dutch and Belgian children, it is customary to put one shoe in front of the fireplace from the day Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands, usually in the third week of November, sing Sinterklaas songs and go to bed. A carrot and/or hay, an apple, etc. may put in the shoe as a treat for Sinterklaas’ horse. The next morning the carrot would be gone and the…
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