This is the day that Sinterklaas celebrates his birthday and brings presents to the children in the Netherlands.
The evening of December 5th usually starts with a knock on the door and a bag of presents in the hallway (thank you, neighbours!). Sinterklaas is also known for hiding the presents through the house.
But the celebration is very flexible. You may pick an earlier date too (otherwise they are way too busy on the 5th), or come up with another way to celebrate it.
Usually there are no shoes involved this time. That was for the runner-up period, from the day Sint and the Piets arrived in the Netherlands.
Grownups often celebrate their own party, as they don’t get presents from Sinterklaas. They make a ‘surprise’ themselves; a handcrafted present which is related to the receiver. This piece of creativity is typically accompanied by a (funny) poem.
Tomorrow, 6 December, Sinterklaas and the Piets go back to Spain, ‘Dag Sinterklaasje’ and we’ll see them again next year.
Confused? Watch this Sinterklaas tutorial.