NL8: Saint Nicolas Eve

Yesterday evening, December 5th, it was Saint Nicholas Eve, in Dutch: Sint en PietenSinterklaasavond. This is a typically Dutch tradition. Saint Nicholas and his black servants (on right) give presents to children. The celebration is also honoured by adults, though. In this case, presents are given to other adults and older kids, usually in a funny form, with poems written with a mildly critical or funny tone. It is a big thing in The Netherlands, but other northern European countries have comparable traditions. Christmas is also celebrated by the Dutch, but it is not as big a thing as in the Anglosaxon countries (Sint en Pieten van Sint op zijn Best, also see www.sintopzijnbest.nl, Copyright Sint op zijn Best). Read more about Sinterklaas.