Zwarte Pieter

Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet

The tradition of Zwarte Piet is a Dutch Christmas tradition, and I’ll admit it seems to odd to a foreigner. Zwarte Piet is Santa’s helper, a mischievous guy dressed in colorful garb, wo hands out candy to kids. The Dutch maintain Piet is black from soot after coming down the chimney, but in a more sensitive age, the tradition can’t avoid drawing criticism from some. What I see happening is this: Zwarte Piet is eventually retired from the cultural lexicon due to perceived insensitivity and Sinterklaas goes back to working solo. Sinterklaas then gets criticized for being too Eurocentric, and gets a black partner to help him out.

07.12.2012 • Permalink