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Maroons Day

Maroons Day 2023, 2024 and 2025 in Suriname

Suriname celebrates Maroons Day as a national public holiday on 10 October. Although this day had been celebrated by the people of Suriname for many, many years before it gained official status, it was made an official holiday only in 2011.

202310 OctTueMaroons Day
202410 OctThuMaroons Day
202510 OctFriMaroons Day
202610 OctSatMaroons Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Maroons Day brings attention to the escaped African slaves who started up their own independent towns in interior Suriname during the colonial era. They were called “Maroons” after the Spanish term cimarron that means “fugitive”. Some of these fugitive slaves even moved to the Caribbean or to other parts of the world.

The Maroons who stayed in Suriname’s interior formed distinct tribes that lived alongside Amerindian tribes. One of these, the Ndyuka, actually signed a treaty with the Dutch colonial government in 1760, guaranteeing them rights to lands they occupied.

On Maroons Day, the people of Suriname celebrate the unique contribution the Maroons played in their nation’s history.

Previous Years

202210 OctMonMaroons Day
202110 OctSunMaroons Day
202010 OctSatMaroons Day
201910 OctThuMaroons Day
201810 OctWedMaroons Day
201710 OctTueMaroons Day