Suriname: holidays, events, climate
Religious festivals or holidays
|25th March||Good Friday|
|March 29||Phagwa (Hindu festival)|
|November 1||Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights)|
|November 02||Eid-al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)|
|December 25th and 26||Christmas|
Other feasts and holidays
|January 1||New Year|
|May 1||Labor Day|
|July 07||Caricom Day (celebration of membership in the Carribbian Community)|
|August 4||Emancipation Day (celebration of the end of slavery in 1838)|
|25. November||Independence Day (commemorates independence from Holland in 1975)|
Source: Countryaah - Suriname Holidays
"New Years Jam" are New Years concerts on the occasion of the end of the Suri festival. At the beginning and at the end of Ramadan, business hours may be obstructed. The beginning (Eid-al-Adha) and the end are celebrated for different lengths of time from region to region. Phagwah is a Hindu festival that celebrates the arrival of spring. In April there is a four-evening march in Paramaribo by different groups of traditional costumes. Every two years there is the Suri Pop Festival in July. Hindu festivals are timed according to local astrological observations. In November there is the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali.
Football, basketball, volleyball and badminton are played - also in front of an audience.
Public buildings, police stations and barracks should not be photographed. There is no obligation to dress. Casual wear is common. Women wear trousers inland. On the bill of hotels and some restaurants there is 10-15% for service.
The idea of what is meant by a particularly favorable travel climate depends on a number of factors. The ideas of pure culture travelers are certainly completely different from those of people who want to spend a pure beach holiday. Health or age can also play an important role. Suriname has a tropical climate. That means it rains all year round, it is very warm. The humidity is high. There are two rainy seasons: a small one from December to February and a large one from April to mid-August. The northeast trade wind mitigates the heat on the coast, which is without a doubt the most attractive region in the country for tourists. The rainforest in the interior of the country is a little hotter, with most rains falling in the center and southeast of the country. The months that are not in the rainy season are recommended for travel, especially since dangerous landslides and floods can occur during the rainy season. People who prefer a temperate climate should avoid Suriname or, if necessary, go to the coast in autumn.
The following table shows some important climatic data for the country. However, it should be taken into account that these are only average values that only permit very limited conclusions to be drawn about the current weather. For example, temperatures above 40 °C can occur in August, but also temperatures just above 20 °.
|Month||Average number of rainy days||Mean maximum temperatures in (°C)||Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)|
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Central Suriname Nature Reserve
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve was created through the amalgamation of various national parks, the total area of all parks is approx. 16,000 km². Around 80% of the tropical rainforest lies untouched in the area of the Coppename River, which has its source in the Wilhelmina Mountains, has many tributaries, where the Raleigh Falls plunge down and flows into the Atlantic.
The estuary exposed to the flood is 150 km long. This area connects all parks, the Raleigh waterfalls, Table Mountain and the Eilerts de Haan Mountains. The biodiversity of plants and animals is very large, not least because of the different landscapes. There is the lowland rainforest, mountain regions and floodplains.
The trees in the rainforest are sometimes up to 50 m high and covered by plants to catch light up there. In lower areas, palm trees grow close together. The area is a paradise for animals. Otters, jaguars, many species of monkeys, sloths and tapirs live here. The species diversity of the bird world is immense, over 600 different species were counted.
The nature reserve was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000
Historic downtown of Paramaribo
Suriname is a country that is still very isolated from all other countries in the world and that only became independent in 1975. The descendants live in Paramaribo, the capital of the country. B. former slaves, Dutch, people from Java, Chinese, natives and many others peacefully with one another. In the center of the city there are Dutch wooden churches with ornate brick staircases, synagogues, mosques and Hindu temples close together.
The destroyed German warship Goslar lies aground in the river off Paramaribo, its hull protruding from the water. The historic old town was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002
Paramaribo, special building
The beautiful streets and colonial wooden buildings of Paramaribo point to the colonial past of the country.
The colorful port and market districts in Paramaribo are not only attractive because of the shopping opportunities. More about the historic downtown of Paramaribo
The Presidential Palace in Paramaribo dates from the 19th century
Ministry of Finance
The Ministry of Finance in Paramaribo also dates back to the 19th century
The Suriname Museum is located in the restored Fort Zeelandia in Paramaribo.
Opera and theater
Roman Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul
This church in Paramaribo dates from 1885
The Reformed Church in Paramaribo dates from 1835
Anton de Kom University
Anton de Kom University
The Anton de Kom University is the only university in Suriname. Its seat is in the capital Paramaribo. The university was founded in 1983 and currently has the following faculties:
- law Sciences
- Social sciences
- Agricultural Sciences
Suriname Nature Reserve