https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nokurkan

Yesterday was Saint Nicholas' day !

Here in Belgium (or at least in east of Wallonia) this day's very special, every student fears it haha ! But why ?

On that date high school final year students wear long white coats (they have first drawn on it and made it sign by all their friends) and go out before school starts to collect coins, asking to other students. But... what if you don't want to give? Well... they will throw shaving cream and/or flour on you, maybe they'll also color your hair with coloring spray, or even crush some eggs on your head hah ! You finally end up at school with multicoloured hair covered with eggs and a white face full of shaving cream and flour :'). Some of them have mercy and only draw anything on your face with a lipstick.

In short it's war every year on November 27 in the street. You see final year students laughing out loud and all the other students running xD..

Do you have any funny special day like that in your country or region? Please tell me !

November 28, 2015

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

Very nice thanks for sharing.

November 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

Is this also the same holiday where children leave their shoes out for Saint Nicholas to leave a present in their shoes? Is that just in the Netherlands?

November 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nokurkan

Yes that's it, it's the same thing! But on the other hand we don't have a holiday on this date.

November 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Langmut

To my knowledge the saint's day for St. Nicholas is the 6th of December. A search on wikipedia reveals that there are a number of other saints by the same name but none of them have their saint's day on the 27th of November.

In the Netherlands the 6th of December is the most important day for children to receive presents. In Germany that is when the shoes are left in front of the door (or rather the night before the 6th).

November 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nokurkan

It's kinda different in Belgium. I know it's generally on the 6th of Dec. but here we rather celebrate it on the 27th of November. I don't know why but it's true.

Check this out, it's an article about the possible cancellation of what I've described above, and it's on the 27th of Nov. => http://www.lameuse.be/1429947/article/2015-11-23/la-soiree-de-saint-nicolas-des-etudiants-en-sursis-a-verviers

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Langmut

Obviously clocks and calendars run differently in Belgium. :-)

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ivanka_ps

Wow!! Nope, I haven't seen anything like that here in Mexico (at least not in my region). But some of my friends wanted me to sign a piece of paper for them (this was in elementary, middle, and high school).

November 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Martinez.

no I don't think so................ by spacebomb

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swanville

That seems like fun! I don't know really what's so interesting about where we live...... we do have something called April fools day were you play pranks but that's not so exciting- I don't have any pranks.

December 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nokurkan

Yeah April fools, we've got it too !

December 1, 2015
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