Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sint Maarten.

It was November 11th. Some kids from the neighborhood came knocking at our door for Sint Maarten´s Day. They had paper lanterns and candles with them. You're supposed to open your door, light a candle, and give these kids treats like candies, cookies, chocolates, or fruits after they sing you songs. The songs have funny lyrics, by the way.

One song went:

Sint Maarten Sint Maarten
De koeien hebben staarten
De meisjes hebben rokjes aan
Daar komt Sint Martinus aan





Translation:

Saint Martin, Saint Martin
The cows have tails
The girls have skirts
Here comes Saint Martinus



They sung it over and over that I was able to memorize the lyrics. But after they left, I started wondering what have cows with tails got to do with Saint Martin? The noble, knight St. Martin who helped a pauper! LOL

4 comments:

~Lopa said...

hehehehe
That is cute, i heard about the day before also, and now that we move to different house than last year i thought may be they celebrate it here, but noone came at our door, so may be either they didnt celebrate in my area or they thought not to bother strangers :-D hehe

Droomvla said...

hahahaha... I don't think they skipped your house. This is the first time in 8 years that children came knocking at our door, you know? Normally, they don't come either. But last summer, I was playing with them. So they kinda know me now. hahahahaha

buday said...

An paghuna ko, na-Bisaya man gid ka na kan Saint Martin. Mwahahaa!

Droomvla said...

@buday: Ano fi.... HAHAHAHAHA