I finally met Sinterklaas today it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
So much joy, colors and music. I find it quite special that Sinterklaas has the children sit on his lap and he has them sing I believe "The Sinterklaas song" its some song, that seems they must know and the children sing it proudly and receive joyfully clapping. Then Zwart Pete´s give the kids a handful of some round peppermint cookie candy. It is all a very active situation where he has a microphone and is talking to the crowd of kids and the one by one individually. I know my Dutch numbers now, so I understood him asking the kids to raise there hand if they were 3...then 4... or 5.
After Sinterklaas took a 30 min break and a whole band of Zwart Petes came in playing. It was awesome! They were dancing while playing and just so in to it. I felt so in the Christmas spirit of warmth of people.
I must say Sinterklaas is a very intimidating man! Even when he passed by me I had this certain respect and awe. It must be the huge ruby ring on his finger and just all the glamorous objects he has.
I now personally think Sinterklaas is way cooler than Santa (Sorry Santa) he feels so human and real. It wasn't about what the kids wanted for Christmas but more about them pulling off singing the song and making conversation.
I am blessed to live in a different country and to observe these different traditions. I love it!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Christmas is just around the corner! Here in Holland things are celebrated a bit different. Here is a short explanation along with some clicks I took this sunny cold afternoon!
St. Nicholas: The Story of Santa Clause
By: Anise Hollingshead
In the Netherlands, legend has it that Sinterklaas (Dutch name for St. Nicholas) arrives in the Netherlands by way of steamboat from Spain 2 weeks before his traditional birthday, December 6th, along with his helper, Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), who will help disperse the gifts and candy to all the good children. Sinterklaas, along with the zwarte piets, will go abroad at night and stride about the countryside wearing his red mantle, his mitre, and his golden crosier and sporting a long, white beard. Referring to his book that lists all the good and bad children, Sinterklaas will deliver presents to all the good children, but watch out if you've been bad! The bad children may be taken back to Spain with him.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
This afternoon all my homework was done and the house was clean and for the first time ever since I have been living here, I had nothing to do. I had some me time. Camilo was working so I grabbed the camera and went walking around Amsterdam. It felt good to just relax and watch people walk by, hurry by or ride by. It was a good walk.
While walking around I snapped a few pictures of people doing their everyday life things on this chilly autumn day.
I have been living in Amsterdam for about a month now. I am here for college and the love of my life. I must say it is an amazing experience.
Amsterdam isn't just drugs, prostitution, bikes and canals. Even though these are things that make Amsterdam, Amsterdam. I am falling in love with the city for more than just those reasons.
During this month I have been around quite a few places. The best places to be at are the crowded ones that is where you see the most beautiful things at.
Dam square, the park, the beach and at a Brazilian festival are few of the places I have been at this past month.
I am not a photographer or anything of that nature but here are some "clicks" of the beauty in Amsterdam.