Saturday, December 6, 2014

6 December: Sinterklaas! (in Belgium and The Netherlands) .Some Sinterklaas cartoons

To all children.. Happy Sinterklaas!

And to all the rest: here are some Sinterklaas cartoons from "De Beste Cartoons van Sinterklaas"(Belgium, 1980). The cartoons in the book were published in the Belgian newspapers De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and The Gentenaar in favor of The Sinterklaasfonds, a fund rising organisation for disabled children.

cartoon by Cram

cartoon by Luk Cooke

cartoon by the famous Willy Vandersteen (1913-1990)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sinterklaas (Dutch pronunciation: [sɪntər'klaːs]) or Sint-Nicolaas (Dutch pronunciation: [sɪnt 'nikolaːs]  is a traditional figure based on Saint Nicholas. Other names for the figure include De Sint ("The Saint"), De Goedheiligman ("The Good Holy Man"), and De Goede Sint ("The Good Saint") in Dutch; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sinteklaas in Frisian; and Kleeschen and Zinniklos in Luxembourgish.

Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on the night before Saint Nicholas Day (5 December) in the Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day itself, in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Northern France (French Flanders, Lorraine and Artois). He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao.

He is one of the sources of the popular Christmas icon of Santa Claus.

Learn more about Sinterklaas here.

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