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Zwarte Piet – Black Pete, still there? Posted by on Nov 15, 2014

Sinterklaas, wie kent hem niet? Sinterklaas, Sinterklaas, en natuurlijk zwarte piet!  This is how a kinderliedje goes that is sung around Sinterklaas time. See it here: Natuurlijk zwarte piet. Of course! He is part of the Dutch Sinterklaasfeest and annual tradition like nothing else. White Dutch people paint themselves black and dress up as zwarte piet, the kind and nice helper of Sinterklaas. They…

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Sinterklaas, Santa Claus… Same, same, but different? Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

If you are a bit familiar with the Dutch culture, you probably heard about Sinterklaas, an old man with a white beard who gives presents to good kids on the night of December fifth. And if you did hear of him, you might also wonder what the difference is between him and Santa Claus, because…

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