Faces in the crowd at the Keti Koti Festival in Amsterdam, 2013.
With the abolition of slavery in 1863, the Surinamese people were finally emancipated from slavery in the Netherlands Antilles (formerly Dutch West Indies) and in Suriname. Today the people from these communities provide a key aspect of the colour and personality of Amsterdam, and are an integral ingredient in the city’s melting pot. As for the festival, Keti Koti, which is a phrase from Suriname meaning ‘Broken Chains’, is a free celebration of liberty, equality and solidarity. Look out for the Bigi Spikri parade, followed by a remembrance ceremony. Later in the afternoon, festivities truly take off with music, spoken word, film and dance performances.iamamsterdam.com
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This post was inspired by Becky B’s January Squares Challenge: UP. and seems highly appropriate right now when if anyone gets dressed up, they have nowhere to go!
But rediscovering these pictures has reminded me of all the fun and vitality that will return to our lives in the (hopefully) not too distant future.