Suriname’s celebrating its 35th Independence Day

28 Nov

Trough the Gravenstraat

Suriname celebrated yesterday, on the 25th of November , its 35th year of Independence. The previous years I did not really visit the Independence Square (Onafhankelijkheidsplein) to celebrate this national day, but yesterday I agreed with some friends to go, as it was promised that it would be spectacular.

The new government has made many Surinamese happy with feasts and national holidays. Yes, we belong to a people who like to party. And yesterday I wanted to be one of them too. I wanted to witness the 35th Independence Day. This day never returns and the program looked very promising. Indeed there were a number of activities planned. It was the first time for me to experience the traditional parade of the armed forces of Suriname which was  great. Though I think the Surinamese boys could learn a bit more from the French, Chinese and (handsome) Brazilian armed forces, I was very proud of them. I kept looking at them and sometimes even forgot to take pictures. I wanted to experience this moment with my own eyes and not through my camera lenses.

Many people were brightly dressed. Many wore traditional dress in the colors of the Surinamese flag (red, green, white and yellow). The children looked very beautiful in their traditional costumes. Many people were walking around in t-shirts I Love Su. That gave a great feeling. I forgot to mention that I had painted my nails in the colours of the flag (I’ll post the photo tomorrow!).

The airshow of the Brazilian Air Force, was very beautiful. They had promised a sparkling show and with their stunts, they stole my heart. Meanwhile, my camera battery was gone and I could no more make pictures. The second battery is lost. And why I couldn’t capture this great moment? It’s something we won’t see often . It’s maybe for only once in our lives. Luckily, a friend, Kevin, had a fully loaded cam so he could capture some of the great moments. Yet I was disappointed. I wanted to shoot myself and tried to get my cam on and yes, it went and I shot 3 pictures before the battery gave up again.

After the airshow, we went home. There was a parachute show coming up, but with a dead battery, I had nothing to celebrate. Sorry! The sun and its heat had also made us tired and we were that day at 7.15 am from home.

I must admit that this is the best Srefidensi (Independence Day) so far. The political and economic struggles, my criticism has increased, but not the love for my beloved country. My criticism is only meant for a better development of Suriname.

One will always hear me saying , "I Love Su!"



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37 Responses to “Suriname’s celebrating its 35th Independence Day”

  1. nita singh 28/11/2010 at 11:47 #

    kav, nice pics. Thx 4 sharing. X mous

  2. Dutch 29/11/2010 at 03:18 #

    Excellent photojournalism!

  3. didier 29/11/2010 at 11:48 #

    une superbe journée, avec un bon reportage !!:)

  4. mariana 29/11/2010 at 14:43 #

    Wonderful documentary ! Bravo !

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 18:45 #

      Thanx, Mariana. I really appreciate it!

  5. SOUL AFLAME 29/11/2010 at 16:14 #

    Top class photography and words with so much pride. A very good documentary piece.

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 18:46 #

      I appreciate your comment and visit. Many thanx!

  6. Sambandan 29/11/2010 at 17:35 #

    Wonderful photos and great commentary. Very well done.
    Excellent 🙂

  7. tatar@y 29/11/2010 at 18:37 #

    Magnifique reportage . ))

  8. Still 29/11/2010 at 20:29 #

    A fine and effective journalistic report!

  9. pietflour 30/11/2010 at 12:34 #

    excellent documentary serie in original approach and view angles
    thanks for sharing

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 18:47 #

      You welcome, Piet! Thanx for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

  10. Tamara 30/11/2010 at 15:12 #

    Very beautiful series here… Happy (belated I guess 😉 Independance Day !

  11. tede 01/12/2010 at 09:56 #

    Excellent reportage very professional, superb images. Good day.

  12. laurence 03/12/2010 at 06:00 #

    Beau reportage, merci pour le passage par mon blog et bienvenue sur celui-ci !

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 18:48 #

      oh waittt…have to use google translator first! But thanx alot:p

  13. Pavan Kaul 03/12/2010 at 08:08 #

    A wonderful set of superb compositions!!!

  14. mhelene 03/12/2010 at 11:08 #

    Beautiful reporting of this festive day ! Superb framings and colors and very interesting !

  15. Louis 04/12/2010 at 19:36 #

    Hey, where did I land now? Great blogsite you have here. I agree that the celebratory series is excellent photojournalism.

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 18:49 #

      Thanx a lot, Louis. Are you going to visit this blog the future more?

  16. peter 05/12/2010 at 04:42 #

    This was an excellent presentation Kavita and i enjoyed your comments very much…..your picture of the fly over is superb and i liked the angle that you captured the steeples just after that. This is my first visit and i enjoyed your presentation so i will be back……peter:)

    Drop by sometime won’t you (::::;;;)

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 14:42 #

      Hey Peter,
      I’ll visit your blogm for sure.

      Thanx a lot for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      I’m posting another new blog today!


  17. Marie LC 05/12/2010 at 06:24 #

    Very nice story that allows us to discover a little of your country. Thank you

  18. Standley 05/12/2010 at 11:27 #

    Quite a professionnal documentary article Kavita!
    Well done.

  19. sim 05/12/2010 at 15:15 #

    nice colors tnx for commenting for me

  20. Ginnie 05/12/2010 at 17:30 #

    Your love shows through loud and clear, Kavita. 35 is a good milestone. May you have many more to come.

  21. Ginnie 05/12/2010 at 17:31 #

    I should have used this web address, Kavita. Sorry about that!

    • fotovita 05/12/2010 at 18:43 #

      No problem, Ginny. I already know your blog 🙂


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