Sunday, October 29, 2006

Happy Halloween from Holland! Part 1

Ok, so Halloween is not really celebrated here in the Netherlands.
Een schande, volgens ons! ( A shame, according to us!)

But... that small detail won't stop us, or our humans, from having some fun.

We really enjoy Halloween and there are many expats in Holland who also celebrate this spooky night. Of course, Finn, being a black cat, thinks this is wonderful (geweldig) !

Mmmm, these are the yummy tasty things (lekkers) that our "mom" has made in the past for dinner for her Dutch family & expat friends to enjoy.
Clockwise from bottom left:
Spiderweb cake (spinnenwebkoek) with Creepy Chocolate Spiders (griezelige chocoladespinnen)
Spicy Pumpkin-Raisin Bread (kruidig pompoen-rozijnenbrood)
Tomato Zits (tomatenpuistjes ... LOL, sorry but this one is funny to translate)
Merlin's Eyeballs (Merlin's ogen )

Tomorrow we'll show you all the things our "mom" made this year, some pictures of us playing with pumpkins, some of "mom's" art .... and how Sacha helped make some of the "lekkers"! :o)

So until then, and Halloween Part 2 , we wish you all ...

Gelukkig Halloween uit Nederland!

© Judith Nijholt-Strong
Photo taken at Kasteel de Haar in Haarzuilens, The Netherlands.

Tot morgen (until tomorrow),
Finn & Sacha


René said...

And what about three kings?(Driekoningen.)
Does that count anymore?!

Kinderen liepen de avond voor Driekoningen zingend en verkleed met een kroon langs de deuren, één van hen had een zwartgemaakt gezicht. Men had daarbij lampionnen en kreeg als beloning voor het zingen eten, snoep en geld. De lampionnen zijn overblijfsel van een oude heidense gewoonte, waarin men fakkels droeg om geesten te verjagen. Het snoepgoed dat werd uitgedeeld stamt van heidense offermalen. De boon in de koek en het kaarsjespringen zijn ook afgeleid van heidense gebruiken. De Germanen mochten in de twaalf nachten van de nieuwjaarsfeesten geen peulvruchten (hun hoofdvoedsel) eten en de 'heilige boon' betekende het einde van die vasten.

Finn & Sas said...

Ah René...tsjonge, jonge, jonge (tsk, tsk, tsk)

Of course 3 Kings Days counts, but that is in JANUARY, not in October!! 3 months away...maybe we'll wear crowns and eat cake with a bean in it. BTW, our "mom" lived very near to New Orleans, so she knows about these things and she's also very familiar with all those paintings by Jacob Jordaens ("The Bean King").

Besides, next up in NOVEMBER is St. Martin's Day (the 11th of the 11th) complete with the lighted lanterns and de kinderen. Waar of niet waar?!

We are a multi-cultural family, weet je wel, and we NEVER miss a chance to party!

So there! :P
*kitty kusjes voor jou*

René said...

Okay, Never NO NEVER miss a change to party, ..... pff.

paris parfait said...

I think these are two very lucky cats! And that food looks scrumptious! What a lot of effort you put into the holiday! Sadly, it's hardly celebrated in France anymore - perceived as "too American."

Finn & Sas said...

Hi again Tara...really not celebrated in France either? Odd. Several years ago we saw a lot of Halloween decorations in Luxemburg, I (we) wonder if that's still the case?

Judy, Finn & Sacha


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