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Keti Koti Suriname : A celebration full of symbols… (short explanation)

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Keti Koti is the name of the day that people from Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean celebrate the abolition of slavery in 1863.

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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.

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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.kk5We hope that you’ve liked the short explanation and wish you a very enjoyable Keto Koti celebration  in Surinam!

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