25 November 2009

DUTCH CULTURE: Sinterklaas

Few weeks ago Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) arrived in the Netherlands in a boat from Spain. He is children's best friend because he gives gifts. Sinterklaas with his helpers black Petes "Zwarte Pieten" visited in one of the malls here. Annabel and Kevin were very happy to see him. Malls, schools, restaurants etc. are celebrating Sinterklaas. In the school of my kids, they are busy drawing, making things to celebrate the festival. On the evening of December 5, Zwarte Pieten bring gifts to every house through the chimney. If the child is good then he receives gifts if not he will be taken to Spain. So, the children are very nice and obedient this time wishing and hoping that they will receive many gifts from Sinterklaas. This is a long awaited evening, evening of Gifts. Children receive many gifts not just one but sometimes 5-10 gifts. The children are more excited waiting for Sinterklaas than Christmas EVe.
Sinterklaas, the kids are nice, so they ready to welcome yOu.

2 smart remarks:

Arvin U. de la Peña Thursday, November 26, 2009  

malapit na kasi ang pasko kaya ganyan..kung di pa nagpapasko ay di naggaganyan..sana araw araw ay pasko..

Mary ann Carreon,  Wednesday, December 02, 2009  

Oh! how nice to meet Sinterklaas on the eve of December 5. It's Bebie's birthday. right? Post pictures ha of Kevin, annabel, Frank and you with Sinterklaas. Tell Sinterklaas to drop by here in Barili 'coz Bebie is waiting for Him on the eve of his birthday. Mag inum daw sila. Mu inum ba daw si Sinterklaas ug tuba?
We enjoyed looking at your photos. The flowers are all wonderful.Wa jud na diri sa Barili.destsca

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I make this blog for foreigners who will live in this country, THE NETHERLANDS. Foreigners who are engaged or married they have to learn a lot of things about their new home like the culture, architectures, landscape, government, dikes etc. Especially the Dutch language which is very important in their social life. It is very difficult if they cannot communicate with other people. Most people speak Dutch, only few speaks English.
For visitors and readers, this will give you an idea what this country is. This small country ranks no. 5 in the economic stability in EUROPE. Their architectures like palaces, castles, dikes, ports (air and sea) are amazing.
Their culture is very interesting.

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