Saint Nicolas Day
December 5, 2017
The Aruban children all wait anxiously on the arrival of ‘Sinterklaas’ by boat at the port of Oranjestad. The bishop from Spain is being accompanied by his helpers ‘Zwarte Pieten’ and they spread around gifts and candies to the children waiting. Days before his arrival the children of Aruba put out their shoes and hopefully, if they have been good during the year, receive their present in that shoe the next morning. During his stay, Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten appear at multiple children’s event around the island.