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Saintly and Generous. Saint Nicholas and the Low Countries
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Saintly and Generous. Saint Nicholas and the Low Countries

(Eugenie Boer) The Low Countries - 1999, № 7, pp. 108-115

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The feast of Saint Nicholas (more popularly known as ‘Sinterklaas') was originally a feast for children. That's how it began during the Middle Ages, and that's how it's still regarded in Flanders. In the Netherlands, however, the adults have joined the party. The author takes a look at how this ‘saint of the reformation' is celebrated in the Netherlands, stumbles upon a totally different ‘Sinterklaas' in Flanders and also tells us about the ongoing battle of the Saint versus Santa.

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