05 Dec 2009 | Sinterklaas is jarig

The Dutch vampire

Sinterklaas even manages to find time to visit Lusaka on his hectic schedule. Niamh and I dropped by at the Dutch ambassador's residence in Lusaka to appreciate the arrival of the Sint, together with a few Zwarte Pieten. Drinks and typical snacks associated with the Sint's birthday were on hand.

Sinterklaas is considered to be the source of the concept of Santa Claus and is based on Saint Nicholas who lived in the 3rd and 4th centuries.

The holiday is not just limited to being celebrated in The Netherlands. It is also celebrated, though to a much lesser degree, in the traditionally Germanic parts of France, as well as in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and small parts of Italy.

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After obtaining an M. Sc in maths, Babak Fakhamzadeh started with an office job at a major blue chip company but soon realised he'd do better on his own. Babak is a traveling web guru with a penchant for doing good and a love for visual and experimental art. Together with Eduardo Cachucho, he won the World Summit Award in the m-Tourism and Culture category in 2012 for Dérive app. With Ismail Farouk, he won the Highway Africa new media award in 2007 for Soweto Uprisings . com. Check out Babak's CV.


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