Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

‘Zwarte Piet’ having a break

Zwarte Piet waiting next to his bikeThis is Zwarte Piet.

To appreciate this picture, we need to tell you a bit about the Dutch tradition to celebrate Sinterklaas aka The Good Holy Man: Following the folklore of the Netherlands and of Belgium, Sinterklaas comes with his friend Zwarte Piet (means Black Pete) to give sweets and presents to all children that have behaved well. If you are keen to know more, check wikipedia. The celebration of Sinterklaas takes place on the evening of 5 December in Holland, and on the morning of 6 December in Belgium. As you can see Zwarte Piet is having a break next to his bike. Is he waiting for a metro/train to go to Belgium?

We hope the Belgian government will get some sweet candy too!

3 responses

  1. I first learned of Black Pete from a Japanese television program last night. Here I am on Amsterdam Cycle Chic today and who should I see? The man himself.

    December 14, 2011 at 13:53

    • Haha, that is a coincidence! Interesting that they talk about him on Japanese television. I didn’t know that he was that famous!

      December 14, 2011 at 14:06

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