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.