Tomorrow is Sinterklaas festival in Holland and these are the Zwarte Piets, the helpers who go around giving lots of candy and presents to the kids. My 5-month old loves hanging out with them - I guess it is the colours - or maybe it is love...
There has been a lot of debate about the political correctness of the Piets, to be honest - as long as they put smiles on the faces of little children - there must be something right about them....Happy Holidays!
Never heard of this! I am liking this theme already :)ReplyDelete
What an interesting concept...is the debate over the issue of slavery at one point or?
yes basically - zwarte means black, the fact that the helper is called black-face is the main grouse against them.ReplyDelete
they started piets with mult-coloured faces but, the concept so ingrained that it does not appeal to the kids nor their parents ...kind of like making santa coloured...
thanks for sharing it....this is where I first learnt of them...and that was yesterday :)ReplyDelete
Like Shaira said - I love this blog for bringing such interesting aspects of our world oto one forum...ReplyDelete