"Activities Calendar 200: Welcome to Curaçao..." Curaçao Travelogue by tuti_plaate

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'Bon bini' to my lovely island of Curaçao! You will have noticed a lot of Willemstad's Dutch-like façade on most tourist's information. That's because it's the best known feature of Curaçao. But I will try and show you that we have a big variety of choices to offer; and THAT is what distincts us from other Caribbean islands. Come to Curaçao for sun and see, but be prepared to be surprised...! So to start with: here’s an overview of the calendar.
Please note that this site is ALWAYS under construction.

Overview of Activities 2008: January-June

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 6: Official opening Carnival Season
Jan 6: Election of Children's Queen, Prince and Pancho
Jan 11/Feb 1: Jump-up parades
Jan 14, 15, 16, 18: Tumba Festival 4 Day-Event Festival di Tumba 2007
Jan 19: Carnival Bike Parade
Jan 20: Carnival Horse Parade
Jan 20: Children’s Tumba Festival
Jan 25: Election of Teen's Queen and Prince
Jan 26: Juve Morning
Jan 26: Calypso Contest
Jan 27: Children's Carnival Parade
Jan 31: Election Carnival King & ‘Pancho' & Carnival Queen
Feb 1: Teen's Carnival Parade. The best ambiance!
Feb 2: Banda Bou Carnival Parade, Barber 15:00-19:00
Feb 2: Calle 9: Free Punda Street Festival!! - Chance for tourists to interact with us! 6 music bands! Kaya 9 2008
Feb 3: Grand Parade
Feb 4: Farwell Children’s Parade
Feb 5: Farwell (Lightning) Parade
Feb 6: Ash Wednesday, Lent starts. Beaches visits. Kite shows. Curacao Kites
Mar 4 : Start Seú (Harvest) Season
Mar : Election Seú Queen
Mar 20: Good Friday. Off. Holiday
Mar 21-24: 22nd Curaçao Regatta. Curaçao Regatta 2008
Mar 23: Easter Sunday
Mar 23-29: Regional Bowling. Contact Mr. Samir Daou at tel: (005999) 560-1569 or Mr. Jorge Maia at tel:(599-9) 510-5569. E-mail: samir@cuboa.com, Jorge@cuboa.com, www.cuboa.com
Mar 24: Easter Monday: Off. Holiday. Seú Parade in Otrobanda
Mar 29: Street Legal Drag Races Curaçao Drag Races
Apr 4 - 6: Luhrs 42nd Annual Int'l Blue Marlin Release Tournament
Apr 12: 19th Curaçap Bridge Tour: Teams will play Bridge Games on a tour hopping a choice of establishments, pubs and café's located in the vecindary of the world famous Pontoon Bridge! Curaçao Bridge Tour 2008 , or mail to: harro@hetsignaal.com
Apr 30: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands’ birthday. Flea markets, shows on land, sea and in the air all over the heart of Willemstad.
Apr 29 - May 2: International Battle of Speed Curaçao Drag Races
Apr 30-May 1: Sami Sail: Traditional two-day regatta organized by the picturesque fishing village of Boca Sami. Local food, Live music,Lots of fun!
Apr 30-May 1: Int'l Food Family Festival: Over 50 stands, banquet of international and local cuisine/native beverages. Live entertainment, local & international dance groups, fashion shows, bands, DJs and Children playgrounds. Location: Rust & Burgh at Emmastad
Apr 30- May 2: Curacao International DragRaces 2008
May 1: Ascension Day. Labor Day. Holiday.
May 2: Celebration of Labor Day. Holiday
May 1: Int'l Horsemanship Compttn
May 11: Mother's Day
May 31: Int'l Caribbean Gospel Festival. Contact: Caribbean Gospel Foundation at: Tel. (599-9) 737-1200/666-7081
May ?: 21th Curacao Jazz Festival. Two day extravaganza drawing top int'l performers & local talents.www.curacaojazz.com
June 15: Father’s Day
July 26: 5th Platinum Card Curaçao Tourists Open Golf Tournament

Overview of Activities 2008: July-December

July 2: Curacao National Flag & Anthem Day. Off. Holiday
July:Curacao Jr's Open Tennis Tornmnt
July 26: Curacao Day. Off. Holiiday
July 29-Aug 5: Curaçao Salsa Tour 2006
Aug 17: Conmemoration Slave Uprising 1795. Cultural events at Landhouse Knip & Rif
Sep: Miss Curaçao Beauty Peagant
September 3, 4: Ann. Curacao Salsa Festival. Int'l artists.
Sep 22: Rosh Hashanah
Sep ?: Caribbean Gift and Craft Show 2007, Int'l Trade Center
Sep 29-Oct 9: First Coral Spawning
Oct 4: Int'l Drag Races October Clash. Curacao International DragRaces 2008
Oct 8: Yom Kippur
Oct 28-Nov 5: Last Coral Spawning
Oct 31-Nov 4?:Race the Pro's in Amstel Bright's Race Curacao
Nov ?:Netherlands Antilles Futures Tennis Tournmnt
Nov 19: Sinterklaas arrives in the harbour of Willemstad. Check out about this UNIQUE festivity at bottom of this page
Nov 22-25: Christmas Showcase Tradeshow
Dec 5&6: Sinterklaas' birthday celebration on all schools, at home and at shopping malls
Dec 4: Half Marathon and 10 km run, Road Runner's Club Curaçao
Dec 15: Statuut Day (Conmemoration of Emancipation of the Netherlands Antilles 1954-2004)
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas Day (National Holiday)
Dec 26: Boxing Day (National Holiday)
Dec 31: New Year's Eve. Locals gather at Plaza Brion where an evening of cultural activities is capped by midnight blessing by the Bishop.

December: Sinterklaas in Curaçao!

My nephew Matthew has been good all year (so he assures!) and gets a present from Sinterklaas

Sinterklaas in Curaçao!

The Story of Sinterklaas.
Saint Nicholas (later known as Sinterklaas) lived from 271 to December 6, 342 A.D. in Myra, Asia Minor. He became the patron saint of fishermen and as a priest, was known for good deeds all through the Mediterranean area. He is the patron saint of Amsterdam. As Dutch trade grew, so grew the tradition of Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas arrives by boat from Spain and rides through the streets on a white horse. He is accompanied by his Moorish servant, Piet, and many helpers. Sinterklaas rides over roof tops listening at chimneys to check children's behavior. Wooden shoes are left by the fireplace with carrots or hay for the horse. Piet exchanges the carrots and hay for a small gift or candy.Sinterklaas Eve, December 5, and Sinterklaas Day, December 6, are days of festivity and merriment. For adults, Sinterklaas parties consist of jokes, rhymes, simple gifts camouflaged in strange wrappings and lots of festive fun and laughter. Traditional spice cookies, hot chocolate, apple fritters and Dutch donuts are served.Chocolate letters are special Sinterklaas Day treats.

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