Folklore in the Netherlands – Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet

Sara Dobak

Hi, I’m Sara, founder and writer at Travel Continuum, where I write about my global travel experiences, with a special passion for the stars and sustainability. I believe in the power of education through travel, and here I share the tales and tips that I find interesting and inspiring. I hope that you do too.

continuum /kənˈtɪnjʊəm/: a sequence of elements where the extremes are very different, but each individual stage is barely distinguishable from the next.

Something that keeps going, changing gradually over time…like the seasons.

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4 Responses

  1. Lucy says:

    What an interesting story, I can see why it’s a bit controversial now but it is important to keep these traditions alive – though black face or not doesn’t seem to matter too much!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks Lucy – agreed, these traditions have too many good elements to discard, and I’m sure that through healthy discussion a solution can be reached 🙂

  2. I can see both points of view, so I’ll just sit here on the fence, please …if I may. Either way, it looks like a fun time for the family. And those canals look very pretty with the trees in their autumn finery.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Of course you can sit on the fence – I think it gives a fairer perspective sometimes! It is a challenging situation, however it was great to learn more about the different folkloric origins of ‘our’ Father Christmas character 🙂

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