Suriname, officially known as the Republic of Suriname, is a country in northern South America. It is bordered by French Guiana to the east, Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America. A member of CARICOM, it is frequently considered a Caribbean country.
Paramaribo is the capital and the largest city in Suriname.
Dutch is the official language in Suriname.
Around 37% of people in Suriname are ethnic Indians. Hence Sarnami Hindustani (a dialect of Avadhi and Bhojpuri) is also one of the official languages after from Dutch.
Around 40% of people living in Suriname are Christian, 20% are Hindu’s while around 13.5% people follow Islam.
Diwali Celebrations in Suriname :
Like its neighbour Guyana, Suriname also celebrated Diwali with much fanfare and gaiety. Diwali is one of the National Holidays in Suriname as well.
In Suriname, Hindus are mostly concentrated in Nickerie, Wanica and Saramacca where they constitute the largest religious group and hence the celebrations are Diwali are grand in these places.
During Diwali, people of Suriname clean their homes and decorate then with lights and diya’s and make Rangoli’s outside their homes, people wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets and delicious food, burst firecrackers, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
People also worship goddess Lakshmi during Diwali and perform the Lakshmi Ganesh Puja. They also visit temples to seek blessings of god and goddesses.