Sinterklaas or Sint Nicolaas is a traditional figure based on Saint Nicholas.
Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on the night
before Saint Nicholas Day (5 December) in the Netherlands
and on the morning of 6 December in Belgium.
Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is a companion of Sinterklaas, usually portrayed
by a man in blackface with black curly hair, dressed up like a 17th-century
colourful dress, often sporting a lace collar and a feathered cap.
Sinterklaas and his Black Pete usually carry a bag which contains candy for nice children.