Keti Koti 2013 End of Slavery in Suriname 150th Anniversary

1st of July 2013 was the 150th anniversary of the KETI KOTI, end of the Slavery in Suriname at 1863.

The Suriname Government decided to celebrate three important anniversaries;

  • 150th anniversary of Keti Koti
  • 140th anniversary of Hindustani immigration
  • 160th anniversary of Chinese immigration

together with several programs. Also many other events organized by communities.

I invited to several celebrations and ceremonies. I’ll share three of them here.

I was at the Foundation “De Mantel” ‘s and Foundation “Caryatide” ‘s common event for celebration of the 150th anniversary of Keti Koti with elder people at Friday, 21st of June 2013. Elder people, especially ladies were very well dressed and they enjoyed from live music, drinks, snacks and danced all together then many of them got prizes after selection of best painted Keti Koti Misi drawing. This part covers with 50 photos at the beginning of slide show.

I was also invited to special worship and celebration for the 150th anniversary of KETI KOTI at Monday, 1st of July 2013 in ST. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral (AKA World’s largest wooden cathedral also locally well known as “Mama Kerki” ) located at Henck Arron Straat. Special session held by Bishop of Paramaribo Monseigneur Wilhelmus Adrianus Josephus Maria de Bekker, Father Esteban Kross and Father Karel Choennie. ( 120+ Photos )

There was a long march together with all ethnic and cultural groups in Suriname. Surinamese, Indigenous, Hindustani, Chinese, Creoles, Lebanese, Jewish, European… Each group / community participated with their own traditions, costumes, musics, plays. Everyone enjoyed a lot, spectators participated to every shows on the streets. It was amazing. I enjoyed a lot and had great time too.

The march ended at Independence Square, ( Onafhankelijkheidsplein ) through Palmentuin. There was a great setup at Independence Square for live music, concerts, shows for end official ceremonies.

Suriname is one of the best peaceful country not in the world but in the universe. Here is great respect each other to every religion, every culture, every idea…

KETI KOTI photo in Paramaribo Suriname Keti Koti (Sranantongo for “the chains are cut”), July 1, is the Emancipation Day (end of slavery) in Suriname. The day is also known as (Prisiri) Manspasi, meaning “Emancipation (Festival)”.
Slavery was abolished by the Netherlands in Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles in 1863. However, slaves in Suriname would not be fully free 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. After 1873 many slaves left the plantations where they had suffered for several generations, in favor of the city of Paramaribo. In 2009 several cities in the Netherlands hosted various activities, making this day a day of national celebration and remembrance throughout the country. SOURCE – Wikipedia

My post includes approximately 270 photos. I captured all 150th Anniversary of Keti Koti 2013 in Suriname photos with my Nikon D2Xs while using sort of lenses ;

  • Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2 manual focus lens.
  • Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D AF
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF
  • Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
  • Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S

All photos converted from NEF (Nikon’s RAW format) to JPG and resized with Capture NX2 in batches without any manual touch.


Hope you like. All the best.

Ertugrul Kilic — 5 July 2013, 12:55


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