“Sinterklaas is a traditional Winter holiday figure still celebrated by the Low Countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium as well as French Flanders (Lille) and Artois (Arras). He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including South Africa, Aruba, Suriname, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Indonesia. He is one of the sources of the holiday figure of Santa Claus in North America.”
And while I was chatting up with a gal pal @ Starbucks this past Sunday, we were lucky enough to run into some of Sinterklaas’ servants…
“A Zwarte Piet (Black Pete, plural Zwarte Pieten) is a servant of Sinterklaas, usually an adolescent in blackface with black curly hair, dressed up like a 17-th century page in a colourful dress, often with a lace collar, and donning a feathered cap.”
The locals dressed up but they still had “blackface.” This screams racism but this is only seen as part of tradition and just natural for the locals and the Dutch people here. My friend and I were shocked but amused at the same time. We didn’t know how to react honestly.
And just a quick update on what I’ve been eating since I came back. Enjoy!
Paul and I were both running late and decided to order Pizza Hut. He asked for half Veggie and half Supreme. 1.5 hours later, guess what we got? We got the veggie but we got half a tuna & raisin pizza. It was bizarre!
We also went to La Granja for the past 2 Sunday’s. We love yummy food that has already been cooked and prepared. Food arrives in 5 minutes. Yes!
I am thankful, grateful for everything the good Lord has given me. The good and the bad, every high and every low is a blessing for everything has a purpose. 🙂
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Come to the Caribbean for some sunshine!