Today another nail art for my country and the celebration of Sinterklaas.
This one is about black Pete.
A black Pete is a companion of Sinterklaas. He has a blackface with black curly hair, is dressed up like a 17th-century page in a colorful suit, often with a lace collar, and donning a feathered cap.
Black Pete's usually carry a bag which contains candy (pepernoten) for nice children and a roe (chimney sweep's broom) made of willow branches, used to spank naughty children.
Right now, there is a huge discussion going on about racism towards the Pete's for being black and servants of Sinterklaas. It's being sketched as slavery.
As a little kid I also asked why they were black and I always got the answer that they have black faces because they climb down dirty, soot-filled chimneys.
Of course this doesn't explain the curly black hair and large red lips.
But I was satisfied with the answer and now I look at it as a tradition that shouldn't be changed because their role isn't being a slave. They are just as important as Sinterklaas and forfill a role that can't be missed.
I wouldn't mind if they get another color either. What's in the skintone?! I wouldn't mind them being white, yellow, black or even pink.
It's a celebration for kids!!
But under no circumstances I want to be named a racist so I decided to skip all of this from my nail art and use just some other characteristics.
Index: feathered cap
Middle: Chocolat letters 'P' for Piet and 'S' for Sinterklaas. Burlap sack filled with presents
Ring: Pete's hand throwing pepernoten (spiced round cookies)
Pinky: Roe (chimney broom) and carrot for Sinterklaas his horse