Small, brown, spicy, button-like ‘cookies’, ‘pepernoten’ are an important part of the Sinterklaas ritual. His helpers throw them around for children to find (and eat them of course!). Originally, apparently, a fertility symbol (like sowing seeds), but nowadays just part of the excitement surrounding Sinterklaas himself.
Oh yes, Sinterklaas has arrived, with the usual excitment and worries (and a heavy debate about whether or not his Zwarte Pieten, you know, the black coulourfully-dressed helpers that turn his appearance into a party for all children, is a racist phenomenon or not). All is well that ends well, and this year, as usual, […]