St Martin, St. Martin…

That’s what all dutch kids have been singing for like a week now. why? In preparation of today, St Martin’s Day. St Martin’s day is celebrated in the evening of 11 November in Flanders, parts of the Netherlands – primarily the southern and north-western parts – and most areas of Germany and Austria.

Children go from door to door carrying paper lanterns and sing traditional songs about Sint Maarten to the householders in return for sweets and goodies, a custom which can be likened somewhat to the American tradition of ‘trick or treat’ at Halloween. I seriously just opened my door to 50+ kids(a group from the creche) singing and holding out bags. It was cute, but also scary as they were all knee height and pushing towards me for candy.

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