Monday, November 21, 2011

It's that time of year again - Sinterklaas!

Sinterklaas - this year, we finally got to see what all the fuss is about!!!

Last year we were in Switzerland when Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet arrived 'from Spain' - although the feast day isn't until 5 December, he traditionally arrives on the 3rd weekend in November for a parade around town. All morning we saw people riding into town from our window - the kids were all dressed up as either Sinterklaas or Black Pete and carrying paintings & hessian sacks for collecting treats. We braved the crowds and arrived just in time to see the arrival by boat down on the Nijmegen waterfront. 

Escorted by 125 Zwarte Pieten (some of which were a marching band, others were handing out the yummy kruidnoten), he was paraded around for the afternoon.

While Mitch was standing on bike racks in the hope of getting some photos above all the tall locals, Tiff and I got Mr Oliver out of his pram - partly because he LOVES being part of the action and also in the hope that kid = extra kruidnoten for us (sadly, the latter wasn't true - I think the Black Petes realised our gummy little boy wasn't going to be able to chomp on any kruidnoten and we weren't given ANY until we came across a not so stingy kid Black Pete later that afternoon who gave us handfuls of the stuff with a smile). 

Along with some random kid, Ollie even got his photo taken with Black Pete!

Although the arrival seemed to be the main event, the festivities continued into the afternoon as per tradition with Sinterklaas riding around town on a white horse. We were having lunch at the time so only caught a glimpse out of the restaurant window!

Afterwards we followed the noise (coming from half of Nijmegen singing the Sinterklaasliedjes) towards the town square. 

All afternoon I had been thinking that Sinterklaas kinda resembled the Pope...Well seeing him high up on this old building looking down at the crowds below really confirmed my thoughts!!!! It was a great afternoon :-)

1 comment:

  1. That's awesome Lu! Glad you got to see him! :)) Martine


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