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Emancipation Day Suriname 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Suriname celebrates Emancipation Day on July 1 every year.

This day is called Keti Koti, that can be translated as “the chains are cut”, meaning the end of the era of slavery in Suriname.

The Netherlands administered Suriname for almost three hundred years.

When Suriname became a leading exporter of cane-sugar to Europe, the Dutch brought there the slaves from Africa to work on cane plantations.

Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in 1863, however, the slaves had to work for another 10 years of transit period on plantations.

On July 1, 1873 slavery was totally abolished and many former slaves left the plantations for the city of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.

The Surinamese often visit the church on Emancipation Day.

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