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Sinterklaas In Amsterdam


We were out in the evening and I saw people swarm a corner circling a god-like figure. The figure had white hair and beard, wore a red chasuble and a red miter.

He was Sinterklaas. This was in Amsterdam more than a decade ago.

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Though Sinterklaas looks like Santa Claus, he’s Saint Nicholas: a Dutch character. Legend has it that Sinterklaas originally hailed from Turkey and was a well respected and loved man. The feast of Sinterklaas is on December 6, but the evening of December 5 is when loved ones get their gifts.

 

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15 comments

  1. Interesting story! I had never heard of this character.

  2. Aww love this! How cute! Never knew about this tradition – cool to see this other side to the city and wow 10 years ago. Looks like you had a great time 🙂 and yes what a coincedence we both posted something Amsterdam-related! Hehe!

  3. That’s you 10 years back and a intresting character :).Thanks for the info I will try to catch up with him.

  4. Love the story, looking forward to seeing more of your work.
    And thanks for checking out my site.

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