Monday, November 24, 2003

Sinterklass Arrives on Bonaire

The Christmas traditions on Bonaire are quite similar to the Dutch ones. December 5th is Sinterklass Eve, and presents are given and received. Christmas Day is a religious time, and the day is spent with visits to Church and family activities.

The story is that Sinterklaas lives in Spain, where he spends his time recording the behavior of all the children in his little red book, while his helpers the Zwarte Piets (black peters) stock up on the presents.

Sinterklass arrived on Bonaire this past Saturday and it was a major event here. I've posted a couple photos that Rich West took of the activities downtown.

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