The culture of Curaçao

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Curaçao has a rich culture that originated from different cultures. For example, the Afro-Caribbean, Dutch and even Spanish and Portuguese culture have influenced how we know the culture of Curaçao today. Read everything you need to know about the culture on Curaçao in this blog!

Use in Curacao

Because of the lovely warm weather and the relaxed atmosphere, you don't want to rush yourself on Curaçao. Everything on the island is a bit quieter than people in certain western countries are used to. The general language of Curaçao is het Papiamento. Dutch is also taught in primary and secondary schools.

The flag of Curacao

Flag of Curacao

The Curaçao flag can be recognized by the dark blue color with a bright yellow stripe through it. The two stars in the top left corner are for Curaçao itself and Klein Curaçao. The color blue symbolizes the sky and the beautiful sea that surrounds Curaçao. The yellow stripe represents the sun that shines on the island almost all year round. The flag was designed on July 2, 1984 and to this day every July 2 is the national holiday 'Dia di Bandera', the day of the flag.

Religion

Church in Curacao

The most followed faith in Curaçao is Roman Catholic. In general, the inhabitants of Curaçao attach great importance to their faith. This can be seen in the many churches scattered all over the island.

National holidays

Curaçao is a Catholic country, so all fixed Christian holidays are national holidays. Especially it carnival February is celebrated in style. Because carnival is very hot and happening every year, it attracts many tourists who watch the beautiful parades together with the local population. Other national holidays of Curaçao are:

  • May 1: Labor Day. If this day falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday.
  • July 2: The Day of the Flag (Dia di Bandera). On this day they commemorate the first meeting of the Curaçao Island Council
  • October 10: National Day of Curaçao (Dia di Kòrsou). This is an important holiday for the island. On this day, the population celebrates that Curaçao has become an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

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