Eagle beach – The holy man from Spain arrived at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino with his log-book and four of his Black Piets prepared to celebrate the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, an annual event which is uniquely Dutch, observed all over the Netherlands and the Dutch islands, for many centuries.
There to welcome him to the island most of the resort associates’ kids, anticipating gifts and sweets, and dreading the old man’s possible scolding.
St. Nicholas Day is December 6th, and it is observed in most Roman Catholic countries as a celebration for small children. In Aruba the eve of that day, December 5th, is celebrated by young and old without any religious overtones.
Sinterklaas is always portrayed as a bishop, which he was in the 3rd century AD. He is depicted arriving by boat on the island, carrying gifts and a log book which tells him who was good and who did not listen. And while he is considered a saint within the church, the Dutch always think about him as a kind, over-dressed old man, whose birthday is looked forward to as an excuse to exchange gifts and make good-natured fun of individuals allegedly naughty this year.
Pictured here the saint’s arrival at La Cabana which was successfully staged by the Food & Beverage department in the conference room, this last Sunday.