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The first of July is an important national day Keti Koti, the Emancipation Day (end of slavery) in Suriname. Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Suriname in 1863, but the slaves in Suriname we<br />
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The first of July is an important national day Keti Koti, the Emancipation Day (end of slavery) in Suriname. Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Suriname in 1863, but the slaves in Suriname were not fully released until 1873, after a mandatory 10 year transition period during which time they were required to work on the plantations for minimal pay and without state sanctioned torture. As soon as they became truly free, the slaves largely abandoned the plantations where they had suffered for several generations, in favor of the city, Paramaribo.<br />
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One of famous traditional rituals of Keti Koti day - it starts days before in daily life - is wearing authentic Koto Misi clothes by laides and walking together with family and relatives in Palmentuin park and around Independent Square. Inhabitants enjoys their official free day while eating, drinking and celebrating the abolition of slavery in Suriname. Lots of visitors not forgets giving a pose front of different scenes for their memorial photos.<br />
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It's truly great day also for children because lots of different entertainments, man powered carousels, miniature trains, luck games, slides, juices, candies...<br />
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