The Netherlands Celebrates Christmas In Blackface

In the Dutch culture, Saint Nicholas has a helper named “Zwarte Piet,” or Black Pete, and every Christmas the Dutch put on blackface and dress up like him.

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10. A quick explanation of Black Pete:

In the folklore and legends of the Netherlands and Belgium, Zwarte Piet (meaning Black Pete) is a companion of Saint Nicholas whose yearly feast in the Netherlands is usually celebrated on the evening of 5 December (Sinterklaas-avond, that is, St. Nicholas Eve) and 6 December in Belgium, when they distribute sweets and presents to all good children.

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