Sinterklaas beyond black and white

By João Rickli I must honestly admit: I don’t like Sinterklaas. Being a Brazilian anthropologist studying (in) the Netherlands and living here for 4 years, every time I see the colourful decoration in the streets and hear the foolish songs being played in the supermarket, I think: “here he comes again, the annoying Sint with his Black Pieten. My dislike of the festival has one main reason: I can’t help seeing the racial aspect of its main characters.

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Egg Fight

By Maarten Deprez It sounds more spectacular than it is, but it’s fun anyway: the Afghan/Pakistan custom of “fighting” with eggs during the three day Eid festival. At the end of Ramadan, during Eid ul?Fitr, an Afghan friend told me about this, and after a fruitless attempt to find a YouTube video on the subject, we decided to make our own.

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