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Jakarta Post

Dutch community keeps centuries-old Sinterklaas tradition

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 4 2010   /  01:07 pm

Santa in town: Children jostle with each other to get close to and shake hands with Sinterklaas at Caping Gunung restaurant at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, East Jakarta, on Friday. Sinterklaas is scheduled to visit the Dutch International School in Jakarta. JP/R. Berto Wedhatama Dutch communities in Jakarta maintained their centuries tradition of celebrating Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, in a recent celebration at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah park in East Jakarta.At the event, hundreds of children from the Dutch International School (NIS) and their parents sang and played while waiting for Sinterklaas to come along with his assistants, the Zwarte Piets or the dark-skinned Piets, to shower them with presents.The name day of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra (in modern-day Turkey) the patron saint of — among others — children, falls annually on Dec. 6, but according to Dutch popul...