Sinter Klas and Zwarte Piet love barbets

On 5 December Holland celebrates Sinter Klas. We met him and his helpers on the school yard this morning. Yatzie was very curious as always, and got much attention, but Moët kept a safe distance to these weired looking guys! The Dutch kids wait all year for this happy day, when they get gifts from this kind bishop from Spain. His helpers, Zwarte Piet, used to be painted all black but as a result from the current discrimination debate they nowadays just have a litttle dirt on their cheeks, the idea being that they have descended down the chimney. Yatzie was also happy to clear the grounds from the left over Pepernotjes (ginger bread cookies) that traditionally are thrown by Sinter Klas to the kids.

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