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.
- 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.