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HOLI PHAGWA FESTIVAL

Enjoy an authentic Holi Festival in Suriname with the largest traditional Hindustani community outside of India on the Holi Phagwa Festival Tour. Get special access to the annual celebration activities, including: a bonfire, the making of natural paints, religious services at a Hindu temple, and home visits.

FACT: Holi is celebrated with great joy and festivities in Suriname. Just like in India, a Holika bonfire is burned the night before the Holi Phagwa to symbolize victory of good over evil. On festival day, people delight in spraying friends and family with colored powders and water and singing Holi songs.

Additionally, you'll explore Paramaribo and learn about the history, ethnic diversity, and architecture of Suriname with the guidance of Suriname's Cultural Ambassador Cynthia McLeod. You will also discover the rainforest and visit with a traditional African Village. Prepare to be enamored by the country's natural beauty, consciously preserved ecology, and unique cultural and religious tolerance.

 

February 27 - March 7, 2018

 

What‘s included

  • 9-night stay (lodgings include a 4-star hotel in Paramaribo, an eco and cultural resort in the rainforest, and an Afro-Surinamese eco village in the rainforest )
  • 8 days of excursions
  • Transportation and fees for planned activities
  • Meals
  • Airport shuttle (air travel not included). Please contact Juliette Somohardjoat of Paramaribo Travel Centre NV (a member of the Association of Suriname Travel Agents) at ptcnv@sr.net or 597-42-2511 for assistance with airline reservations
 
 

Review the TRAVEL BASICS before visiting Suriname.

Itinerary*

Day 1 (Arrival)

  • Arrive at L.A. Pengel International Airport, Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Eden Suriname representative provides shuttle from airport to hotel

Day 2

  • Brunch/Meet and Greet
  • Short walk at on a nature trail known for bird and monkey sightings
  • Historic Tour of Paramaribo by Cynthia McLeod, Suriname Historian, including: 
    • Mosque Keizerstraat: The largest mosque in the Caribbean and the neighboring
    • Neveh Shalom Synagogue: A 1723 expansive Dutch-Israeli synagogue. (Friendly neighbor to the Mosque Keizerstraat)
    • Fort Zeelandia: A restored 18thcentury fort
    • Slave Landing: Site where the African ancestors of the Maroons were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries to work as slaves
    • Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple: Opened in 2001 in the heart of the city
    • UNESCO World Heritage Architecture: Historic mansions paralleling the waterfront that appear on this prestigious list
    • Elizabeth Samson’s House: Location for McLeod’s book, “The Free Negress Elizabeth”

Day 3

  •  Bonfire and preparations for Phagwa: Participate in a cultural exchange with or just observe the local Hindustani population in preparation of the Holi festivities, such as:
    • Natural, colored paint making
    • Bonfire celebration

Day 4

  • Holi Phagwa: Participate in Holi Phagwa by attending one of two events:
    • Modern party around Presidential Palace
    • Traditional ceremony at a Hindu temple

Day 5

  • Paramaribo: Easy going day to recover from the previous night's festivities
    • Explore  the city and shop for souvenirs
    • Experience the delicious foods from the various cultures

Day 6

  • Joden Savanna: A Jewish settlement established around 1650 in the jungle along the Suriname River. Cynthia McLeod discusses Jewish history and heritage. Sights include:
    • Synagogue ruins
    • Oldest Jewish cemetery in the western hemisphere
    • Ancient medical wall
  • Lunch and historic tour of an eco and cultural resort

Day 7

  • Eco and Cultural Resort: Explore and participate in a variety of activities
    • Swim in the pool
    • Dip in the river
    • Zip lining through the tree canopy
    • Kayaking
    • Relaxing in your cabana

Days 8

  • Rainforest:  Explore the rainforest to discover exotic flora and fauna (e.g. monkeys, birds, sloths and anteaters)

Day 9

  • Eco Village: Get acquainted with a traditional Afro-Surinamese culture
    • Tour the village during the day
    • See traditional African tribal dance troupe perform in the evening

Day 10 (Departure)

  • Eden Suriname representative provides shuttle from hotel to airport
  • Depart J. A. Pengel International Airport, Paramaribo, Suriname

*Subject to change based on local conditions and group needs. Review our TERMS OF SERVICE.

Cost

$3499 (Double occupancy)

A reservation is held with a $250 deposit per traveler. To complete the booking, a $3249 balance per traveler is due 30 days before the tour begins.

 
 

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