LWIF EP22: LWIF Reacts v1 – Cannons, the Queen, and Durian Popcorn

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2 comments on LWIF EP22: LWIF Reacts v1 – Cannons, the Queen, and Durian Popcorn

  • Annemarie Terpstra

    Hello! I love your videos. I’d like to share something from my country: The Netherlands. The country of tulips, clogs, cheese… Have you heard of Amsterdam? Or Van Gogh?  I’d like to tell you something about Dutch children’s traditions.

    Our holiday “Sinterklaas” is coming up soon. It’s a bit like Santa Claus with Christmas. Actually, Santa Claus is a corruption word of Sinterklaas. It’s a Dutch national holiday and a children’s feast, a bit like Christmas. The Belgians celebrate this too. Sinterklaas is based on Saint Nicholas.
    Sinterklaas “arrives” in the Netherlands each year in mid-November by steamboat from Spain. He parades through the streets on his horse, welcomed by children cheering and singing traditional Sinterklaas songs. Of course, they don’t really come from Spain, it’s all set up, in every town every year, because the children really believe this. He has assistants, Zwarte Pieten, who throw candy and little cookies called pepernoten. The event is broadcasted live on national television. The feast goes on until December 5th, on that night we celebrate “pakjesavond”, present night. Until this night, children get to leave their shoe at the door or fireplace at night, usually with a carrot for Sinterklaas’ horse and a drawing, and the next morning there’s candy, chocolate or a gift. After December 5th, Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten (Black Pete’s) are going back to Spain. So-called.

    Another Dutch children’s tradition is Sint Maarten (also a saint, St. Martin). It’s celebrated on the evening of November 11. When it gets dark, children of primary school go door to door with usually hand-crafted lanterns. They sing a song, and then get candy (maybe a little bit like Halloween).

    I hope this gives a little impression of Holland’s best tradition!
    Greetings, Annemarie Terpstra

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Wow, that’s really interesting. I didn’t know that the somewhat-equivalent idea of Santa Claus and Halloween were so different in the Netherlands. Thanks for sharing! – The Dad

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