Keti Koti is the name of the day that people from Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean celebrate the abolition of slavery in 1863.
It takes place every year on the first of July and is a nation wide event, crossing borders because Caribbean descents celebrate the Keti Koti day in major Dutch cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Vlissingen.
Keti Koti means literally ‘Chains Broken’ and refers to the abolition of slavery in 1863.
Keti Koti is celebrated in Suriname as a national holiday on July 1.
A kotomisi is a woman (misi) wearing the national Creole costume (koto). This dress has become the symbol of the free Surinamese woman, and is in a symbolic way associated with the end of slavery. Surinamese women and girls of many races and cultural backgrounds wear the beautiful kotomisi costume as a statement of celebrating freedom and pride.We hope that you’ve liked the short explanation and wish you a very enjoyable Keto Koti celebration in Surinam!