Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Das ist ja Sinterklaas

A shot I saw on internet two years ago, that made me do a double take, as this is Sinterklaas, who in the Dutch tradition hands out presents to children on 5 December - but in this photograph accompanied by weird creatures rather than the Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) who do so in Holland. Turns out that similar versions of Sinterklaas are celebrated in parts of Southern Germany. His companions are so-called Buttenmandls, who are completely covered in straw and wear animal masks and cow bells. First seen here.