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St. Nicholas Festivals ~ Some Examples

Different kinds of festivals celebrate St. Nicholas.

Postcard, Monica Maas
Sinterklaas Arrives
Monica Maas, the Netherlands
St Nicholas Center Collection
St Nicholas with crowd
St Nicholas in Canterbury Cathedral, England
St Nicholas Festival, St Nicholas Society
Photo: Robert Berry, Outlook

In November many cities and villages hold parades marking St. Nicholas' arrival for the season. Amsterdam is a well-known example of a Sinterklaas' arrival parade.

St. Nicholas' Eve and Day are observed in various ways, often smaller and family centered.

Each year in May, Bari, Italy, hosts a huge religious folk festival to commemorate the bringing of St. Nicholas' remains to Bari from Myra. This important festival is one-of-a-kind.

St. Nicholas is patron of many things and places. Nowhere is he more beloved than in the Lorraine region of France, where St.-Nicolas-de-Port has a splendid patronal festival.

Sinterklaas Entry ~ Amsterdam, the Netherlands
MID-NOVEMBER, Sunday the 15th in 2015

Sinterklaas Official Entry, the Netherlands
MID-NOVEMBER, Saturday the 14th, 2015, in Meppel

St. Nicholas Day ~ DECEMBER 6TH
Or December 19 on the Julian Calendar

Festival of the Translation of the Relics ~ Bari, Italy
MAY 7, 8, and 9

Patronal Festival of Saint Nicolas ~ Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, France
WHIT MONDAY (the Monday after Pentecost)

December Festival in Saint-Nicolas-de-Port 

Name Day Celebration —St. Nicholas
Name days are widely celebrated in Europe

Saintly and Generous: Saint Nicholas and the Low Countries
How Sinterklaas traditions developed

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