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


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


~Lopa said...

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