This year WA and his (direct) family will celebrate it in the Dutch town of Tilburg. Because of his jubilee this year, he will become 50 (seeing Abraham), there are some special events.
I don't mean to threadjack, but can you elaborate on what "seeing Abraham" means? Is that a Dutch cultural thing? Thanks!
In the Netherlands when a man or women becomes 50 years of age it is said resp. "He has seen Abraham" or "She has seen Sara(h)"
"Abraham gezien hebben" (= have seen Abraham)
The phrase "have seen Abraham" apparently comes from a Bible story. Jezus said he had seen Abraham. As Abraham was then already dead for some centuries, Jezus wasn't believed by the Jews 'You are not yet 50, and have seen Abraham?"(Joh. 8:57). In the female version the Biblical name Sara(h) is used, which was the name of Abraham's wife.
The birthday boy/girl is often depicted with a (Abraham/Sara(h)) doll, while an apt slogan about the birthday boy/girl on or with it. Also, Abraham and Sara(h) may be donated as a cake on the birthday. After this age, they know where Abraham took the mustard from.
This last phrase refers to another Dutch saying:
"Weten waar Abraham de mosterd haalt" (= knowing where Abraham gets the mustard)
The origin of the term "Knowing where Abraham gets the mustard" is, according to several scientists and linguists in the Old Testament, Genesis 22-6, is which Abraham is told to sacrifice his son on a fire. He collected mutsaards and "put the wood on the shoulders of his son." Mutsaard means "bush of branches." The word would be distorted into 'mustaard"and later to" mostaard ". Eventually became the word "mosterd". The term "Knowing where Abraham gets the mustard" means' He is aware, knows all. " Because Abraham knew where to pick up the bush of branches to sacrifice his son.