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Zwarte Piet

In the folklore and legends of the Netherlands and Belgium, Zwarte Piet ['zʋɑrtə pit] (meaning Black Pete) is a companion of Saint Nicholas whose yearly feast in the Netherlands is usually celebrated on the evening of 5 December (Sinterklaasavond, that is, St. Nicholas' Eve) and 6 December in Belgium, when they distribute sweets and presents to all good children.