Want to experience a typical Dutch tradition? ️️Join the Sinterklaas Evening with your Buddy Family!
This evening we will celebrate a traditional celebration of Sinterklaas by giving each other little presents, eating pepernoten, and singing Sinterklaas songs.
There is no dinner, but we will provide some typical Dutch Sinterklaas snacks.
Sinterklaas and his Pieten may even come by!
For those who do not know what the celebration of Sinterklaas entails, here's an explanation to give you an idea:
The idea of celebrating Sinterklaas is as follows:
Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. Other names for his figure include De Sint (The Saint), De Goede Sint (The Good Saint), and De Goedheiligman (The Good Holy Man) in Dutch.
The feast of Sinterklaas celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas on December 6th. It is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on St. Nicholas' Eve on December 5th. The festivities traditionally begin each year in mid-November (the first Saturday after November 11th), when Sinterklaas "arrives" by steamboat at a designated seaside town, supposedly from Spain.
In the Netherlands, this takes place in a different port each year. After the steamboat anchors, Sinterklaas parades through the streets on his white horse, welcomed by children cheering and singing traditional Sinterklaas songs. His helpers, who are called 'Pieten', throw candy and small, round gingerbread-like cookies, called either 'kruidnoten' or 'pepernoten', into the crowd. This event is broadcasted live on national television in the Netherlands.
Following this national arrival, every other town in the Netherlands celebrates his own 'intocht of Sinterklaas' (arrival of Sinterklaas). In places a boat cannot reach, Sinterklaas arrives by train, horse, horse-drawn carriage or even a fire truck.
So, keep your eyes open these days and maybe you will spot Sinterklaas and his Pieten!
05/12/2017 - 17:00 to 20:00
The Spot (Wageningen University, Orion building ground floor)
Bring a small gift wrapped in wrapping paper
- Typical Dutch Sinterklaas snacks