Suriname Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Suriname or officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a sovereign state on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America
  • Owing to the country’s multicultural heritage, Suriname celebrates a variety of distinct ethnic and religious festivals
  • There are several Hindu and Islamic national holidays like Diwali (deepavali), Phagwa and Eid ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-adha.
  • These holidays do not have specific dates on the Gregorian calendar, as they are based on the Hindu and Islamic calendars, respectively.
  • There are several holidays which are unique to Suriname. These include the Indian, Javanese and Chinese arrival days. They celebrate the arrival of the first ships with their respective immigrants
  • Holidays Act in Suriname guarantee all workers entitled for pay day off for all public holidays

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day (Nieuwjaarsdag) - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
28 JanSatChinese New Year - This is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar
25 FebSatDay of Liberation and Innovation (Dag van de Revolutie) - On this date in 1980, an army sergeant named Dési Bouterse led military forces (16 sergeants) to overthrew the corrupted government of Prime Minister Henck Arron with a violent coup d'état
12 MarSunPhagwah (Holi Phagwa) - Celebrated to mark the beginning of spring and Hindu mythology. In Suriname, Holi Phagwa is a festival of colour
14 AprFriGood Friday (Goede Vrijdag) - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday (1e Pasen) - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
17 AprMonEaster Monday (2e Pasen) - Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday
1 MayMonLabour Day (Dag van de arbeid) - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
25 JunSunIed-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) - Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
1 JulSatEmancipation Day (Keti Koti / Dag der Vrijheden) - End of slavery in Suriname, slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles in 1863.
9 AugWedIndigenous People's Day (Dag der Inheemsen) -
1 SeptFriIed-Ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) - Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
10 OctTueMaroons Day - Celebrated for decades, but it became a public holiday only in 2011. Maroon Day celebrates the nation of African refugees who escaped from slavery and formed independent settlements
19 OctThuDivali - Also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular Hindu festivals
25 NovSatRepublic Day (Onafhankelijkheidsdag) - Independence from the Netherlands in 1975
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Kerstmis) - Christians celebrates the birth of Christ
26 DecTueChristmas Day Holiday

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
16 FebFriChinese New Year
25 FebSunDay of Liberation and Innovation
2 MarFriPhagwah
30 MarFriGood Friday
1 AprSunEaster Sunday
2 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayTueLabour Day
15 JunFriIed-Ul-Fitr
1 JulSunEmancipation Day
9 AugThuIndigenous People's Day
21 AugTueIed-Ul-Adha
10 OctWedMaroons Day
7 NovWedDivali
25 NovSunRepublic Day
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedChristmas Day Holiday

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