Thursday, November 11, 2010

St. Maarten's Day

Today is St. Martin's day in the Netherlands. I have explained about it last year. Soon, at 10:15 am I will be walking around some houses and singing songs with kids from the preschool. If you live in a neighboorhood with lots of kids be prepred to have some stuff at home such as mandarines, lollies and mini chocolates - especially in the evening. No time for that kinda of shopping ? Well, lights off, curtains down, no sounds - the kids will avoid your address thinking there is nobody home. And then you can do some meditation !

15 comments:

Rachel said...

Sounds kind of like Halloween ;)

Beth Blue said...

Dont remind me! We had enough of St. Marteens here, hehehe.

My son has been waking since he was four, this time he said it was going to be his last time (10 yrs old). But we got a diner tonight and I got away with it!!!

Fortunately we won't be home for all the calls (lots of kids in my buurt).

As for Liam, I told him he will get a bag of chocs and some candy anyway. So he agreed with diner :-)

Have a SWEET day!

Anita said...

Rachel: it is rather like S. Cosme & S. Damian in Brasil.
Beth: I have been this morning with kids at the elder's house here in my village and lots of them told me they had never celebrated it in Amsterdam, can you believe it ? They are in their 85, 90 years old and older. Or maybe they "poof !" completely forgot about it.

Line said...

My street is full of children and believe me, almost every week there is child trying to sell something at my door. I've just bought some "kind postzegels", rs.
Thanks for the warning, this evening I will definitely do "lights off"!
My last sweets were taken by them on Halloween…

Jaboticaba Preta said...

Do they still go out with the weather like this?!

Brave kids :)

Anonymous said...

St. Maarten is only celebrated in some parts of the Netherlands. I grew up in Zeeland, went later to Z-Holland. No St maarten!

See: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Maarten_(feest)

Anita said...

Anonymous: Correct. And I had already mentioned that on my post last year. Thanks for the clarification anyway !

Adriana said...

oi!
Nao consigo ver teu email nao. Mas se vc mandar, eu te envio o artigo.
beijos

Beth Blue said...

Augurken!!! Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.

Anita said...

Adriana: blog errado. Acredito que tenha sido a Carla Duclos que te pediu o artigo.

Amanda said...

how interesting to learn about st. maarten's day --- on halloween here in the states, i do the same (lights off, etc) if i don't have candy!

Anonymous said...

olá anita!!

estava a fazer uma pesquisa aqui na net e encontrei o teu blog.

ès jornalista aí no pais aonde te encontras?

Anita said...

Amanda: It seems that American readers have the same impression as you (St Martin= Halloween) when they read this post. I have never seen similarities between these two celebrations !
Anonymous: Jornalista ? Nao tenho essa pretensao! Blog = hobby.

Beth Blue said...

Anita, passei só pra dizer que tem selo pra você no meu blog!

Carla Adriana said...

Nosssaaaaaaaaa...quantos comentários!Blog Bombando! Adorei o video!So cute!