841. Curaçao’s Rainbow Petes

Little hearts beat a little faster between mid-November and early December, fascinated but also a little scared, as Sanikolas and his Petes (helpers) dock their big steam ship (all the way from Spain!) in our Saint Anna Bay. Children keep an eye out for Sanikolas’ white horse… anxiously awaiting his visit… and burlap sack filled with their favorite toys and books, initials in thick milk or dark chocolate, candy, pepernoten (ginger snaps), and taai taai (stiff “tough tough” cookies).

American author David Sedaris wrote a hilarious tongue-in-cheek account about his first encounter with our imported Dutch Sinterklaas (our Sanikolas, your Saint Nicholas) tradition while visiting Amsterdam (published in Esquire magazine in December 2002, titled: Six to Eight Black Men.)

In recent years we’ve delighted in seeing our Sanikolas cross the big Atlantic ocean with an awesome crew of pink, blue, yellow, purple, Braveheart-esque-faced men and women. Take that Black Pete.

Photo credit: Versgeperst.com.

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!


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