Today, November 12, the national entry will take place in Hellevoetsluis, which will being broadcast on television. The Pakjesboot 12 will dock in the harbor, after which Sinterklaas and his helpers (and hopefully his horse again) will walk through the town. At the end of this walk is a closing event.
Sinterklaas has become a national celebration in the Netherlands and remains popular.
Sinterklaas (also Sint-Nicolaas, Sint or the Good Saint) is the main character of the Sinterklaas party celebrated on December 5. St. Nicholas is believed to be based on Nicholas, a bishop who lived in what is now Turkey around the 4th century AD and was honoured throughout Europe after his death. St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in many European countries, but the interpretation varies per country and region.
Shoes (equivalent of X-mas stocking)
In the 15th century, the tradition of setting your shoes was already started. On St. Nicholas night, money was put in the shoes and given to the poor. Later, children also put a shoe or wooden shoe at home, in which they found treats the next morning. In recent years, gifts are mostly found in/next to the children’s shoes, after they have sung Sinterklaas songs at the top of their lungs for the Good Saint in the evening.
Especially for children, the Sinterklaasjournaal was created. Every year it is exciting for children whether Sinterklaas arrives from Spain in the Netherlands with all the presents. The Sinterklaasjournaal is a fictional newsbroadcast which shows through storylines in fragments and reports what Sinterklaas is experiencing.
This Sinterklaasjournaal is a real hit and has been running for 17 seasons and can be seen every day from 7th of November at 18:00 on Zapp (NPO3). The first episode starts a few days before the arrival of Sinterklaas and the last episode is the day before December 5.
Surprises and games
Adults celebrate St. Nicholas in different ways, such as making surprises with poems for each other, buying presents, playing the dice game, etc. The interpretation can be very creative and also in different companies, such as with family, friends, clubmates or colleagues.
Have a nice Sinterklaas!