Suriname was colonized by the Netherlands and the Dutch brought their culture and festivals with them. One of the festivals, St Nicholas Day (or Sinterklaas in Dutch), became very popular and laid foundation for Children's Day (or Kinderdag) in Suriname. However, some changes were made and they don't relate to the name of the holiday only.
Recently there was a debate about Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) and his role in the celebration of Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. The problem was about the racist elements of Zwarte Piet. While the Dutch decided to leave the celebration as it is, Sinterklaas' helper was removed in Suriname. The teachers say, that presence of Zwarte Piet in the celebration of Children's Day teaches students, that being white is better, because this race is superior.
Traditionally all good children receive presents from Sinterklaas, and this tradition is kept. However, during the recent years Children's Day is often organized without Sinterklaas.Remind me with Google Calendar
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