Suriname Local Customs

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  • The Noni Fruit
    The Noni Fruit
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  • Rubbish stand
    Rubbish stand
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Suriname Local Customs

  • Bauxite

    Bauxite, or aluminiun ore, is most commonly formed in deeply weathered rocks. Bauxite was named after the village Les Baux de Provence in southern France, where it was first discovered in 1821 The backbone of Suriname's economy is the export of aluminum produced from bauxite mined in the country. These exports account for over 70% of Suriname's...

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  • FOOD: Marinated chicken legs

    The idea of these marinated chicken legs are of Indonesian/Surinamese origin but truthfully, I just follow my own taste here so they're a bit different all the time.So this is not a precise recipe, more a guideline.Preferably use drumsticks or legs, as they have more flavour than just chicken breasts.Cut the skin with scissors and pull back the...

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  • National holidays

    --2001Jan 1 New Year's DayMarch* Holi Phagwa (Hindu)Apr 13-16 EasterMay 1 Labour DayJul 1 Abolition of Slavery DayNov 4* Diwali (Hindu)Nov 25 Independence DayDec 21 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)Dec 25-26 Christmas2002Jan 1 New Year's Day. Mar* Holi Phagwa (Hindu)Mar 29-Apr 1 EasterMay 1 Labour DayJul 1 Abolition of Slavery DayNov 14* Diwali...

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  • Shades

    In the morning and afternoon the temperature gets so hot and the sun so strong that many people, women mostly, do walk around with an umbrella to repair from the heat.

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  • Surinam Breakfast, Lunch and Diner

    It's hard to find a typical light European breakfast in Surinam.The locals are used to have "heavy" meals at breakfast, lunch AND diner like bread with currychicken, or even fried rice or noodles.The drinks (also juices) are made with lots of sugar. Very tastfull, but dangerous for us who want to pay attention to our weight ;) BTW this is probably...

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  • FOOD: Sauto soup

    This is a chicken soup with rice, shredded fried chicken meat, parsley, crunchy fried onion (the kind you put on hot dogs), a boiled egg, bean sprouts, shredded chicken and sambal (hot chili sauce).The chicken soup is made with lemongrass and ginger. At least, that's how I make it.In my family this is the last thing served at the end of a party,...

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  • Gold mining

    This area is rich in gold deposits, and have over the centuries been subject to gold mining. Currently Brownsberg Naturepark is in danger of illigal mining activities. This mine is over 200 years old, the shaft is 8m deep with a 50m long tunnel. All would have been dug by hand.

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  • Food

    Suriname's food is an exotic mix of Indonesia, Creole, Indian and Chinese cuisines with a touch of Caribbean thrown in.We tried a Chinese and a Korean restaurant while we were there, and also some local Surinamese food.The dish shown in the picture was served at the Broki Restaurant, and consists of chicken with a sate sauce called Penda Sambal (a...

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  • Rubbish stands

    Walking along the road in Paramaribo, I was amazed to come across these metal stands outside each house. They are used to place the rubbish bags on, in order to raise them off the ground, away from any rummaging rodents. What a good idea!

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  • Noni Fruit

    Known as the Devil's Apple, the noni fruit is said to be a "cure-all" and is revered by the local people, despite its bad smell. Other names include Nono (in Tahiti & Raratonga), Nhau (in Southeast Asia), Indian Mulberry (in India), Mengkudo (in Malaysia), Polynesian Bush Fruit, Painkiller Tree (in Caribbean islands), Kura (in Fiji), Grand Morinda...

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  • Aucane Culture

    This is the Aucane Culture, they are doing the kromantie dance on shells. I really don't want to try this one!

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  • Locally hand made work from the...

    Do drop in at Readytex store to see a wide range of locally hand made work and for your souvenir needs.

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  • Locally hand made work from the...

    Do drop in at Readytex store to see a wide range of locally hand made work and for your souvenir needs.

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  • Dar! Dar! A normal greetings from a...

    I have always been enthusiastic about one's country culture and norms I visited, I had to opportunity to learn a little about the surinamese's culture.This is a photo of some articulated work of the Trio Amerindians. I purchased some items for souvenir. Most of the craftwork comes from Kwamalasamutu.The Trio Amerindians have always worked with...

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  • Dar! Dar! A normal greetings from a...

    I have always been enthusiastic about one's country culture and norms I visited, I had to opportunity to learn a little about the surinamese's culture.This is a photo of some articulated work of the Trio Amerindians. I purchased some items for souvenir. Most of the craftwork comes from Kwamalasamutu.The Trio Amerindians have always worked with...

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  • FOOD: Bara

    Bara is a Hindustani snack too.It's a deepfried fritter made of dough spiced with things like cardamom and cumin. Eaten hot and spread with chili sauce (sambal), preferably as spicy as possible.Here's mine, and I've already taken a bite.LOL!

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  • FOOD: Mister Roti

    At most fairs that take place in my hometown Brielle (Netherlands), we have the Surinamese snack stand right in front of our house. No coincidence! We provide him with electricty, water and toilet and we get free food!I call him Mister Roti.Roti being an Indian dish consisting of a kind of pancake, with which you eat meat (chicken, lamb or beef),...

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  • FOOD: Sateh sauce

    Again, this is more a guideline than a recipe.Needed:- 2 jars of the cheapest peanutbutter (preferably not the very light coloured kind)- tin of coconut milk- extra milk if needed- hot chillies to taste- ginger, laos, koriander (either powder or freshly thistled)- about 4 maggi cubes to taste (instead of salt)- Sweet ketjap sauce (Ketjap manis) -...

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  • Abolishment of slavery

    The monument of the abolishment of slavery. The abolishment took place in 1863 by King Willem III. After that, workers from China were brought in, from 1873 also people from India (in agreement with the British government) and from 1890 also Javanese from Indonesia (a Dutch colony at the time).

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  • There is a lot to see all over...

    There is a lot to see all over town, however it's a poor country and most buildings are made of wood. You can clearly see the paint coming off. It's really too bad.

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