National Day for Indigenous People
Also known as Ingi Dei, is a national holiday celebrated every August 9 to acknowledge the indigenous people living in Suriname. The indigenous tribes include the Arawaks and Caribs, considered to be the largest group, followed by the Akurio, Trió, Warrau and Wayana.
Amerindians, the first inhabitants of Suriname would go to The Palmentuin to celebrate the event and rename the place to Tawapore-vermandopo, meaning home.
It was a fine sunny day for the occasion, people all over Suriname and tourists gathered together to observe the feast.
Surinamese and Amerindians performed cultural songs and dances wearing their national costumes. Speeches about awareness of the history and lives of the Indigenous people were also discussed. Singing, dancing and chanting in native language were present all throughout the day.
Booths selling different goods and merchandise including handmade jewelry, native handicrafts, colorful costumes and a variety of local food occupied the whole Palmentuin.
Locals showed their skills in body painting and sketching.
Children and adults wore their national costumes to honor the event.
Aside from the joyous celebration, it was also a nice experience to learn about the culture and tradition of the indigenous people as per the purpose of this event.
Fijne Dag der Inheemse!