4 July


In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas arrives on St Nicholas Eve (5 December) riding a white horse called Amerigo (or Slecht Weer Vandaag in Belgium, which means “bad weather today”) and accompanied by Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) who is traditionally portrayed in blackface and is either his black servant, his black slave or a white (but sooty) chimney sweep. He tosses lollies and gingernuts to good children and beats bad ones with his broom.

Sinterklaas is Saint Nicholas and is best avoided by staunch non-Christians. Zwarte Piet is best avoided by non-racists.

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Soft, eating liquorice v hard, throwing licquorice.


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