Independence Day in Suriname

In Suriname, the 25th of November is celebrated as their Independence Day. It marks the country’s independence from the Netherlands on this date in 1975. This day is observed as a public holiday every year, meaning that non-essential businesses and schools are closed, and many businesses either close or have reduced hours of operation.

It is also a day when public transportation operates with holiday hours. All of this allows the average citizen in the country to enjoy some of the many activities available. These include parades, concerts, fairs, and other such fun events.

The History of Independence Day in Suriname

Located on the northern coast of South America, Suriname was first contacted by European powers at the end of the 15th century when Christopher Columbus sighted its coast in 1498. However, it would still be a few years until Europeans first set foot on that coast. In fact, it was not until 1593 that Spanish explorers arrived and named the area Suriname after the indigenous people.

During the 17th century, Spain was not the only country that attempted to establish a settlement. The Dutch, French, and British also tried to establish settlements but failed. It was not until 1667 that the country came under full Dutch control. The Dutch used the country for its plantations, which relied heavily on African slaves.

At the end of WWII, Suriname began to seek independence, and universal suffrage was adopted in 1948. Suriname eventually gained its full independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on November 25, 1975. Shortly thereafter, this date was chosen to be the country’s National Day.

Observing Independence Day in Suriname

This holiday is observed in much the same way as other nations celebrate their Independence Day. That means there are parades, airshows, festivals, concerts, and sporting events. There are also fireworks and other celebratory events. People also use the holiday to enjoy great Surinamese cuisines such as Moksi Alesi and Podosiri.

Where is it celebrated?
Suriname (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
November 25 Monday
Next year (2025)
November 25 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
November 25 Saturday