Christmas traditions and colonial heritage – Zwarte Piet

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Many Western nations pride themselves with cheesy Christmas traditions. But the Dutch ones are particularly intriguing to the outsider, with the noticeable presence of a strange little helper to Sinterklaas –the Nordic Father Christmas equivalent- : Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete. Over the past few years, the character of Zwarte Piet has stirred outrage from groups of citizens pointing at its racist nature. The national debate has drawn attention from several English-speaking media, including the BBC  and Al Jazeera (see below).                                    Every year…read more