Jump to Jump to search Klozum or Klozem is a holiday feast celebrated every 5 December on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog. The name literally means "Uncle Claus" as in Saint Nicholas.
Despite the name and date, the tradition is not directly related to Sinterklaaswhich is also celebrated on 5 December in the Netherlands.
It dates back at least to the 19th Century, when there were several mentions of Klozum. In order to welcome the klozums, the homes' front doors are left ajar and a lantern is lit or a curtain is left open.
The disguises are often as prominent locals, national and international celebrities, schiermonnkkoog fantasy and fairy-tale characters such as Arabs or cowboys. Once inside, the klozums put on a performance, acting out various characters or situations, often satirizing important events or decisions that have taken place on the island in the past year.
The name literally means "Uncle Claus" as in Saint Nicholas. After the klozums have departed, the inhabitants must guess who had been hiding behind the disguises.
The klozums also distort their voice in order to further disguise their identity. Jump to Jump to search Klozum or Klozem is a holiday feast celebrated every 5 December on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog.
The demasking is followed by celebrations lasting into the night. Both men and women womeh themselves. The lytje klozums "little klozums" visit homes during the afternoon, shouting "Klozum, Klozum", and put on an act or sing a song, earning them a reward of candy or cookies.