The Netherlands  |  Sinterklaas - december 5

Basic information

Sinterklaas is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. Other names for the figure include De Sint ("The Saint"), De Goede Sint ("The Good Saint"), and De Goedheiligman ("The Good Holy Man") in Dutch; Sanikolas in Papiamento; Saint Nicolas in French; Sinteklaas in West Frisian; Sinterklaos in Limburgs; Saint-Nikloi in West Flemish; Kleeschen and Zinniklos in Luxembourgish; Sankt Nikolaus or Nikolaus in German; and Sint Nicholas in Afrikaans. The feast of Sinterklaas celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas on 6 December. The feast is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on St. Nicholas' Eve (5 December) in the Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day, in Belgium, Luxembourg and northern France (French Flanders, Lorraine and Artois).

Notice: the Sinterklaas party has been in development for years: no more black faces, no red lips, no large earrings: the party adapts, based on a discussion that has been going on for years. It persists as a children's party.

Source: Wikipedia (EN)


2020 edition

The Foreigner's Guide to Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet (2020)

De Digitale Avond Intocht van Sinterklaas in Amersfoort 2020 (Dutch)

Intocht van Sinterklaas in Amsterdam (2020) (Dutch)

2019 edition

Sinterklaas is aangekomen! (2019)(Dutch)


Intocht Sinterklaas 2019 in Dordrecht (Dutch)

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