February 19th, 2008 – by: Devika1985
The 2 Sarah's in our kitchen
Abraham & Sarah tradition when somebody turns 50. When somebody turns 50 there is a saying that they have seen Abraham or Sarah. If it’s a man who turns 50 they say he has seen Abraham and when it’s a woman they say she has seen Sarah. To celebrate the 50th birthday of a person we decorate the frontyard of the house of this person and put a Abraham or Sarah doll in their frontyard. These dolls mostly represent something that the person in that specific case does. Like when somebody is a carpenter they dress up the Abraham doll as a carpenter. The frontyard is mostly decorated by family members when the person who’s turning 50 is not around so it’s a surprise.
The Sarah and Abraham tradition comes from the bible. Jesus said that he had seen Abraham. But that wasn’t possible because Abraham had already died.
So then somebody asked him that if he wasn’t even 50 years old how could he have seen Abraham? Sarah was Abraham’s wife. I don’t know how this works in other countries but in my country we have a tradition where people dress up as Abraham or Sarah and surprise the person who is turning 50 on their birthday. My mother recently turned 50. The evening before the brothers and sisters of my father had decorated our frontyard. After that they all came in and waited untill it was 00.00 and it was officially her birthday. We didn't hear anything when they were busy decorating the frontyard so they did a good job! The next morning I got up really early to decorate the house with ballons before my mother would get up, but then the doorbell rang and 2 people dressed up as Sarah’s were at our door with a breakfast for my mother.
One of them was dressed up as a Spanish Sarah (Because of the house in Spain) and they had masks so we couldn’t see who they were. The tradition is that the Sarahs don’t speak so they do not reveal their identity, and then 1 year later on the same day they have to return and reveal themselves. It was sooo funny :) We had no clue who they were. They were just sitting there and so was I and my mother was just eating her breakfast. I was so happy I wasn't her at that moment. Hahaha it was really akward. The Sarah's were drinking coffee with a straw trough an opening in their masks. It was hilarious. Now I know who they were because when they hugged us when they left I recognised the perfume of one of them :). That afternoon they were both visiting my mother for the birthday and I said.
. strange how our dog didn’t attack them. He went totally crazy over my Carnaval constume so.. thats strange! And then one of them said: I think Diesel recognised them.. That evening we went out for dinner with family. That was really nice. It was a great day. In most cases a big party is being held to celebrate the 50th birthday. We had the party planned on Saturday at Restaurant Tante Pietje here in Uden. Our family was there, all the people that work for my father, friend of my parents, my brother’s friends and my friends (Tine, Tessa, Marthy, Marsha, Danique and Manon : Mannonnos on TB), everyone was there. It was really great there was a nice buffet and the music was great. At one point we had to take my brother home because he had just drank way too much.. that was pretty bad! But after a good night of sleep he was doing fine again! We had some drinks, some nice food and we danced :) It was a great party!