Monday, 23 November 2009
ABC Wednesday, that's My World, S for Saint Nicholas
St. Nicholas is a typically Dutch and Belgium feast and celebrated on the fifth of December. St Nicholas is a bishop accompanied by his assistent Black Peter.
Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios Nikolaos, "victory of the people") (270 - 6 December 346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose English name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as is common for early Christian saints. In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nicholas of Bari.
In Belgium and the Netherlands, children are told that Zwarte Piet leaves gifts in the children’s shoes. Presents are said to be distributed by Saint Nicholas'help Zwarte Piet; who enters the house through the chimney, which also explains his black face and hands.
Here you see how our local shoeshop owner has already decorated his shop with a couple of symbols dealing with our holy man. Black Peter is a real tumbler. The big golden bishop's staff and the mitre are worn by St. Nicholas. The big carrot is a treat for his horse.
BTW St. Nicholas is not celebrated in stead of Christmas: we also celebrate Christmas on 25th and 26th of December. December is a very busy month for us, ending in New Year's Eve with a lot of fireworks.
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