Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Suriname

South AmericaSurinameFestivals & Holidays in Suriname


  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 25 February – Revolution Day
  • 1 May – Workers’ Day
  • 5 June – Indian Arrival Day
  • 1 July – Keti-koti (Sranantongo creole for “the chains are cut”). This day is also known as (Prisiri) Maspasi, meaning “Emancipation (Festival)”.
  • 9 August – Day of Amerindians and Javanese Arrival Day
  • 10 October – Day of the Marroons
  • 25 November – Independence Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – Boxing Day


  • Owru Jari (New Year’s Eve) – A three-day event celebrating the old and new years with plenty of pyrotechnics.
  • Carnival (February) – Exciting carnival parades.
  • Avondvierdaagse (April) – Four days of walking and dancing in the streets of Paramaribo. The event begins at 17:00 p.m. Every day, the path changes and a new surprise awaits. It winds its way through the different neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality.
  • Bodo (Javanese Fasting Period End) – Bodo is the Javanese term for Suriname’s Eid al-Fitr (Sugar Feast) celebration.
  • Divali – This Hindu festival of illumination has been declared a national holiday in Suriname since 2010.
  • Jaran Kepang – Jaran Kepang is a traditional Javanese dance performed to the accompaniment of gamelan music. Suriname is well-known for its beautiful folk dance.
  • On July 1, Keti Koti (Sranantongo creole meaning “the shackles are cut”) is observed. This day is also known as (Prisiri) Maspasi, which translates as “Emancipation (Festival).” (Despite the fact that the British had abolished slavery during their re-occupation in the early 1800s, the Netherlands re-introduced it to Suriname in 1817, only to “abolish” it 46 years later in 1863.) Slaves were not become completely free until 1873, after a mandated 10-year transition period during which slaves were obliged to labor on plantations for little compensation and without state-sanctioned torture.)
  • Winti Pré – A dancing rite for gods and spirits in Creole religion.