30 november 2014

Sinterklaas tradition

If you´re in the Netherlands at the moment, you won't be able to miss Sinterklaas and his 'Zwarte Pieten' assistents! Even though all the towns and cities are getting ready for Christmas with all kinds of decorations, the celebration of Sinterklaas and the giving of gifts on 5 December comes first.

We happened to "catch" Sinterklaas alone with one of his Zwarte Pieten preparing for a parade through the streets of Den Burg on the island of Texel, 2 weeks ago. They were slowly walking several rounds on the parking lot; apparently Sinterklaas had to get used to riding the white horse...  Earlier that day they arrived by boat in the small harbour of Oudeschild.
The three of them were happy to be photographed on this private moment, even the horse -called 'Amerigo' according to the tradition- seemed to look in the camera ;)

If you would like to read more about this tradition in our country click HERE.

7 opmerkingen:

  1. You were in the right place at the right time! Lovely portrait of all three of them!

  2. Echt een mooi statieportret van sinterklaas. Daar mag hij heel blij mee zijn.

  3. Very interesting look at a tradition that would stir huge controversy in Ferguson, Missouri right now.

  4. Een prachtige foto van Sinterklaas, een sereen plaatje en het paard kijkt je inderdaad aan. (we hadden hetzelfde idee vandaag :))

  5. laten wij dit maar lekker zo laten.

  6. My parents were Dutch, so this tradition was something in our family background. Excellent portrait shot!

    1. That's nice to hear, William. Did you ever celebrate 'Sinterklaas' yourself?


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