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Sinterklaas, Sinterklaas, Where Have You Been?
Sinterklaas, kapoentje (Saint Nic'las, my dear one) Gooi wat in mijn schoentje (Something in my shoe put)
Breng wat in mijn laarsje (Something in my stocking) Danke je Sinterklaasje (Thank you, Saint Nich-o-las!)
Sinterklaas is a traditional celebration in the Nederlands dating back to the Middle Ages, which was both an opportunity to help the poor by putting money in their shoes and a feast similar to carnivale.
Over time this has evolved to putting gifts into the shoes (clogs or klompen) of children, writing poems which would often be satirical about the person the gift is for and sharing a feast with friends and family.
Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and his friend Zwarte Pieten are about to leave Spain to find his way around the World bringing joy and gifts to all good girls and boys.
While Sinterklaas traditionally arrives in the Nederlands overnight on 5 December, he has promised the good people at the Dutch Social and Welfare Club, 21 Greenfields Drive, Green Fields that he will stop by on Sunday 1 December 2019 at 1 pm on his way there.
To celebrate this very special event, all are welcome to come along and enjoy the wonderful delights of Dutch food, drink and entertainment from 11 am to 4 pm during their regular Sunday Family Day. Sinterklaas arrives by a different method of transport each year, can you pick how he will arrive this year?
For those wanting children up to 12 years old to receive a gift, tickets are required. Tickets are $22 for Club Members and $28 for non-members. All children with a ticket will receive a gift from Sinterklaas, a lolly bag, ice block and a fruit box with lots of free entertainment throughout the day including face painting.
Entry is free for adults and children over 12 years old. For the adults there will be live music and the kitchen will be serving hot meals and snacks throughout the day. Dutch beer will be available and for a special treat, all of your favourite Sinterklaas treats straight from Nederlands will be available for purchase at the store.
If you are yet to experience a Dutch Sinterklaas Festival, come along and see what it's all about.