Bonaire Day–Celebrating all that makes Bonaire special!
Each and every September 6th, Bonaire celebrates its national heritage. Although the island has a small population, its people have a huge sense of patriotism and pride of heritage. The Bonaire Day festivities are not only a time to wander through stalls, eating local foods, and enjoying the music and presentations, but the morning events always highlight annual events celebrated on Bonaire.
The morning festivities were all pomp and pageantry.
A drum and bugle corps accompanied Bonaire’s scouts.
This special day began with the ceremonial flag-raising. Accompanied by a drum and bugle corps, Bonaire’s scouts of all ages carried Bonaire’s flag and raised it to open the day’s festivities. After a special blessing, speeches began by Bonaire’s governmental officials, including the Honorable Edison Rijna, the island’s Lt. Governor.
Focus on Bonaire’s cultural heritage.
Then, Bonaire’s culture was celebrated in fine style, as performances were given which represented many of the island’s cultural traditions and heritage. Maskarada, the New Year’s Day tradition which mimicked stories of olden times. Next, Carnival, arguably the island’s longest festival lasting several months, and which culminates with the Grand Carnival Parades. Then, there was the tradition of fire-jumping on the feast days of St. Peter and St. John, along with performances of traditional, folkloric dance and the very romantic salsa, which every Caribbean islander enjoys! Each cultural tradition highlighted had its own special music in accompaniment.
Evening events were filled with music, food, and meeting friends.
Just before sundown, everyone headed to the neighborhood of Nikiboko for the ceremonial lowering of the flag. Then it was time to let one’s hair down and enjoy the evening! With a scheduled filled with performances, everyone wondered the stalls, enjoying food, drinks, and the music. Another fine day of celebrating Bonaire was done.
(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)