Independence Day in Suriname
In Suriname, the 25th of November is celebrated as their Independence Day. It’s the day that marks the country’s independence from the Netherlands on this date in 1975. This is a day that’s observed as a public holiday every year. That means that non-essential businesses and schools are closed, and many businesses are either closed or have reduced hours of operation.
It’s also a day when public transportation is operating with holiday hours. All of this allows the average citizen in this country to enjoy some of the many activities that can be enjoyed. This includes 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. This is 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 would be 1593 before Spanish explorers showed up and named the area Suriname after the indigenous people.
During the 17th century, Spain wasn’t the only country that had attempted to establish a settlement. The Dutch, French, and British also attempted to establish settlements but failed. It wouldn’t be until 1667 that the country came under full Dutch control. The Dutch used the country for its plantations — plantations that relied heavily on African slaves.
At the end of WWII, Suriname began to seek independence and universal suffrage was adopted in 1948. Suriname would eventually gain its full independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands on November 25th, 1975. Shortly thereafter, this date was chosen to be the country’s National Day.
Observing Independence Day In Suriname
This holiday is observed in very much the same way as to how other nations celebrate Independence Day. That means that 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 Suriname cuisines such as Moksi Alesi and Podosiri.