The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

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Re: The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:51 am

No, no, not Sinterklass. I've been there when he's arrived with his 'helpers'. Christmas starts really early in the Netherlands.

These are (if I remember correctly) local people who get elected and they wear a pointy wizard type hat. You see posters of them in people's windows with (I presume) the equivilent of Vote Joe Bloggs. :lol:

Maybe it's a Limburg thing. :?

I did ask my friend about it and she told me, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:45 am

Maybe it was carnaval? I think they always elect a Prince carnaval. Carnaval is big in the south, not so much up here :P

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Re: The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:46 am

Dotsie wrote:That's Santa! You elect him?


NO that's Sinterklaas! :lol:
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Re: The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:26 am

Sjoerd3000 wrote:Maybe it was carnaval? I think they always elect a Prince carnaval. Carnaval is big in the south, not so much up here :P

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That's the bunny! :lol:
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:27 am

And he is usually not by his elf, you just can't see them probably using them as footstools. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:04 pm

Who's Wee Dug wrote:And he is usually not by his elf, you just can't see them probably using them as footstools. :mrgreen:

Sinterklass doesn't have elves, he has Black Peter. Naughty children in the Netherlands get sent to Spain (for some reason :? )

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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:07 pm

That's because Sinterklaas is from Spain ;) Not sure how it became Spain since Saint Nicholas was bishop of Myra in what today is Turkey :)
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Re: The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:31 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
Who's Wee Dug wrote:And he is usually not by his elf, you just can't see them probably using them as footstools. :mrgreen:

Sinterklass doesn't have elves, he has Black Peter. Naughty children in the Netherlands get sent to Spain (for some reason :? )

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I know I've been over and seen him coming in by motor boat before the street parade when I was at a winter Bike rally/treffen, elf just fitted in better. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Rotterdam Times -- Cabbagecon 2 - the Turtle returns

Postby Penfold » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:38 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Sinterklass doesn't have elves, he has Black Peter. Naughty children in the Netherlands get sent to Spain (for some reason :? )

Could it be something to do with the Dutch Revolt and war against the Spanish and Catholic rule back in the 1500/1600's? :think:
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Postby The Mad Collector » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:44 pm

Or it could be that the Dutch are just rubbish at geography ;) However Penners suggestion is more likely :)
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