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Commenting article: Dutch Sinterklaas Arrives in Sofia On Horseback

Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, crossed downtown Sofia on Saturday afternoon, riding horseback in what has become a traditional celebration by the Netherlands' embassy in Bulgaria.

The pleasant surprise for Sofia citizens was initiated by the Dutch community in Bulgaria, which celebrated December 2 St. Nicholas or "Sinterklaas".
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PieterL - 2 Dec 2006 // 18:43:54

One year ago we had the same issue here.
Sinterklaas (Sint Nicolaas) is NOT the Dutch version of Father Christmas! He is the original. And his holiday is not only celebrated in Holland and Belgium, but also in Germany, Switzerland and Russia.
Also: it is not 'rumor has it'. Saint Nicolaus is a real christian saint, with December 6th as his official name-day.

The Brits took Sinterklaas with them to North America, where the poor saint eventually ended up as some kind of McDonalds-type symbol, called Santa Claus.

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DP - 2 Dec 2006 // 21:18:38

PieterL: “And his holiday is not only celebrated in Holland and Belgium, but also in Germany, Switzerland and Russia.”

It is celebrated in Bulgaria also--on December 6th as the day of Saint Nikolai or in Bulgarian Св. Николай, архиеп. Мирликийски, чудотворец (Никулден).

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snafu - 2 Dec 2006 // 22:22:16

Aren't all these people (Sinterklas, St. Nikolai, Santa) based on this one Christian saint who lived in modern-day Turkey (which is why modern Turks make up a story about how Santa gets into houses through gas valves when there are no chimneys around--I'd like to see how he gets into rural houses where the residents often put screens to keep out the raccoons!!)? In a collective sense, he's celebrated by all. Let's all have a celebrate in 'cause it must be Santernikolai!!

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