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Suriname: Events

What is happening in Suriname:

Suriname is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, French Guiana to the east and Brazil to the south-west. The northern portion of the country has coastal lowlands coverd with mangrove swamps and the south of the country is somewhat hilly which eventually becomes mountainous. There are a number of festive events and because of the great numbers of people from different ethnic backgrounds, there are a number of different celebrations. celebrations.


  • New Year's Day - January 1 - Public Holiday


  • Holi Phagwa -
  • Easter Holiday - Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday; (The Easter Holiday occurs either late March or early April).


  • Labour Day - May 1 - Public Holiday


  • Abolition of Slavery - July 1

This is the date that is celebrated for the end of slavery in Suriname.


  • Diwali - October 25


  • Independence Day - 25th November Eid-al-Fltr - November 25 - 27 End of Ramadam.

Suriname celebrates its Independence on November 25 which they obtained from the Dutch government of the Netherlands in 1975.


  • Christmas Day - December 25
  • Boxing Day - December 26

  • There are additional holidays when merchants will be closed for Jewish, Chinese and Indian holidays.

  • Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations.
  • During the lunar month of Ramadan that prcedes Eid al-Fltr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted.
  • Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking.
  • Eid al-Fltr may last between two to ten days dwhich is dependant on the region.
  • Hindu festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is only possible to forecast the approximate time of their occurrence.

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