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Colors of Willemstad - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Willemstad, Curacao Willemstad is a city in Latin America with European traditions. That is how it can be described in a few words. Just imagine a Dutch city framed by sandy beaches - that’s what Willemstad will be like. This is also reflected in the city's architecture and the habits of locals. Like many Dutch cities, Willemstad is characterized by ethnical diversity (it is home to over 100 nationalities). Therefore, locals are used to finding a compromise on many issues. That, in turn, says about tolerance, friendliness, and goodwill.
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Since childhood, local people learn to speak four languages, so no misunderstanding should arise. At the same time, the local dialect seems to be a combination of Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, and Spanish. Just in the same way as in the Netherlands, the natural environment is treated with special respect here, and this can be understood by looking at the real "paradise on Earth". Local nature disposes to being relaxed about everything, including a relaxed attitude to life, which is really worth learning from people living here. Besides that, they are very polite and tactful but require the same treatment.
The local cuisine is just as rich and multifaceted as the culture of Willemstad. A diet consists mainly of fish, tropical fruits, vegetables, cheese. Fans of exotic food must try such dishes as iguana meat, "Kadushi" (cactus soup), "Sopi Kami Piska" (soup of meat or fish with banana or cereal), "Sopi di Piska" (fish soup with coconut milk). Well, those who prefer more traditional dishes will like boiled shrimps with greens, “Keshi Yena” (baked mixed meats, cheese with spices), “Krokesh” (fish balls). When it comes to alcoholic beverages, be sure to sample "Blue Curaçao" liqueur and Amstel beer, which is produced not only in the Netherlands but also here. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Festivals in paradise always attract the attention of tourists, because they are always a lot of fun. Here people know what real fun is, and it is simply impossible to commit a sin and fall into despondence with them. First of all, it is worth noting a carnival held in early or mid-February on the central streets of the city. This is the time of carefree fun, dance, music, and colorful theatrical performances. A true gift to fans of lively and noisy actions will be the fact that more than 40 nationalities are represented at the celebration. Every year a certain theme is chosen for the festival. It is different from the one of the past year, making the carnival even more exciting.
Willemstad, Curacao The end of August in Willemstad is marked by holding the North Sea Jazz. To be more precise, its venues are World Trade, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Sir Duke, and Celia. Among its headliners, one can rarely see names that no one has ever heard before, very often among them are real legends. However, you can also discover completely new facets of music and new talented performers. Music includes not only jazz but also related genres such as funk, soul, R'n'B, Latin. Listening to quality music in the paradise - what else might you need to feel happy?
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Among other interesting music festivals are Tumba Festival taking place in March. The festival is worth a visit, if only because it allows tourists to get acquainted with the local culture and traditions. Live music, a gastronomical program, contests are just a little of what awaits those lucky ones who have decided to visit the event. In August, salsa lovers gather in Willemstad. During the festival called Salsa Tour, you can not only watch spectacular dance performances but also learn how to dance the incendiary dance.
Willemstad, Curacao Arriving in Willemstad in early May, you can witness such an event as Curaçao International BlueSeas Festival. Jazz is in high esteem here, both classical and modern, and among performers, there are many world-famous musicians. The festival is held in Pietermaai District. Plein Air Curacao taking place in Willemstad at the end of August gathers hundreds of artists on Hanchi Snoa. At this time there is an art exhibition. Not only local but also foreign artists present their works here.
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In June, large Willemstad restaurants join Restaurant Week Curacao to delight visitors with a special menu for the whole week. The event is a must-have for those who wish to explore the local cuisine. In September, the city warmly welcomes all tourists, offering them a special program at the Tourism Week Festival. All those deciding to visit the city at this time can enjoy special events that change from year to year, as organizers try to surprise travelers as much as they can.
Penha Building Such an interesting sporting event as Heineken Regatta Curacao is held in the middle of June. During the festival, participants compete for the title of the best sailor and, of course, for a cash prize. You can cheer on your favorites on land where beach parties and picnics are organized in the celebration of the festival. Another festival dedicated to sports is Amstel Curacao Race where cyclists overcome long distances. It can be compared without exaggeration with such a significant event as Tour de France. The time is November.
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There are also other interesting sports events. For example, Curacao Dive Festival held in May, which is dedicated to diving, as the name implies. Seminars, master classes, group diving tours are part of it. Curacao Challenge Surf Competition is held in the same month. Here, besides watching a spectacular surfing show, there is an opportunity to play beach sports and, of course, cheer on those who need support at this time. Another event dedicated to surfing takes place in February and is called the International Kite Festival. The event is really worthwhile, and will definitely appeal to those who like interesting shows.
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♥   Kathedrale Reina di Santisimo Rosario, Willemstad, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Santa Ana, Willemstad, 2.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of Netherlands Antilles

Initially, it may seem that, unlike the inhabitants of other countries in this region, people on the Antilles are somewhat more phlegmatic or withdrawn. This is nothing more than a stereotype. Having once communicated with local people, you will understand that locals are extremely good-natured. They appreciate their culture and are very nice to their guests. You can always get a local guide who can show places that are not listed in any guidebook. You can communicate on any topic without any problems. No one will interfere in the private life because it is absolutely not accepted here. … Open
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Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Willemstad. Learn the best periods to visit Willemstad to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Willemstad.
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