Many decades ago I stumbled upon this poem about the full moon. I don’t know the writer, and I even don’t know if it’s originally Dutch or a translation. Memorise this poem and recite it to impress your Dutch friends and give them just a little bit the creeps.
Zelfs een man die godvruchtig bidt,
‘s avonds voor hij slapen gaat,
kan een weerwolf zijn als het wolfskruid bloeit
en de maan vol aan de hemel staat.
Even a man that says his prayers at night,
can be a werewolf if the wolfsbane blooms
and the moon is full and bright.
The Dutch Sinterklaasfeest is celebrated on December 5th. But who is Sinterklaas? He is definitely not Santa Claus, because his origins are different. Sinterklaas is a mixture of our pagan god Wodan, a saint from Turkey and something much more evil: an inquisitor!
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More and more people in the Netherlands (like me), choose to celebrate a traditional or alternative midwinter solstice.
Click on the link to read a (Dutch) article I wrote about the old mythology of the land, and the deeper meaning behind it.
The Dutch Sinterklaasfeest is controversial. Adults argue about (not) changing the tradition. This has brought us problems, fights, court cases and disharmony. Luckily we also see creative, fresh initiatives arise around this old folklore. Do you want to experience some of those inspiring festivities? Then come to the coolest, hippest Sinterklaasfeest of the Netherlands. The New Sint will lead the party for the third year in succession.
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