Public Holidays in Suriname

Situated on the northeast coast of South America, Suriname is a treasure trove of cultural diversity, boasting a rich tapestry of ethnicities including Hindustani, Creole, Javanese, and Indigenous populations. This multicultural backdrop shapes Suriname's public holidays, turning them into vibrant spectacles that blend traditions from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

New Year's Day - January 1

As the clock strikes midnight, Surinamers welcome the New Year with joyous celebrations, festive meals, and fireworks, reflecting global traditions.

Holi Phagwa - Date Varies

Derived from the Indian festival of Holi, Holi Phagwa in Suriname is an exuberant celebration of colors. It commemorates the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. The streets of Paramaribo and other towns come alive with people playfully splashing colored powder and water on one another.

Easter Monday - Date Varies

In addition to the Christian observance of Easter, Easter Monday in Suriname is a public holiday, marked by church services and family gatherings.

Labour Day - May 1

This day acknowledges the contributions of workers to the nation, featuring events that highlight workers' rights and the importance of labor unions.

Ascension Day - Date Varies

A Christian holiday commemorating the ascension of Jesus into heaven, it's observed with church services and moments of reflection.

Keti Koti - July 1

A pivotal day for Suriname, Keti Koti (meaning 'broken chains' in Sranan Tongo) celebrates the abolition of slavery in 1863. The day witnesses vibrant parades, traditional music, and dance, paying homage to the ancestors and reflecting on the struggles and triumphs of the Afro-Surinamese community.

Indigenous People's Day - August 9

A day to recognize and celebrate the indigenous cultures of Suriname, it highlights their contributions, history, and traditions through various events and programs.

Divali - Date Varies

Another festival rooted in Indian tradition, Divali, or Diwali, is the festival of lights. Surinamers light up their homes with oil lamps and candles, celebrating the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

Eid-ul-Fitr - Date Varies

This Muslim festival, marking the end of Ramadan, sees Surinamers of all backgrounds coming together to celebrate. It's a day of feasting, giving to the needy, and communal harmony.

Christmas Day - December 25

Celebrated widely, Christmas in Suriname is a blend of Christian reverence and local traditions. Churches, homes, and streets are adorned with lights and decorations, while families come together for festive meals and gift-giving.

A Celebration of Unity in Diversity

The public holidays of Suriname offer more than just days off from work or school. They are symbolic representations of a country that, despite its small size, stands tall in its celebration of diverse cultures and traditions. Each holiday tells a story, a testament to the harmonious coexistence of different ethnic and religious communities in the nation. For visitors and locals alike, these celebrations offer a vibrant glimpse into the heart of Suriname's unique cultural identity.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Emancipation Day July 01 Monday Public Holiday
Indigenous Peoples' Day August 09 Friday Public Holiday
Day of the Maroons October 10 Thursday Public Holiday
Diwali October 31 Thursday Public Holiday
Independence Day November 25 Monday Public Holiday

Holidays by Year

Previous Year: 2023
This page was last edited on 07 October 2023 at 12:15 PM (EST).