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Colors of Curacao - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Willemstad, Curacao Curacao is home to more than a hundred of ethnic groups, so culture of the island is very versatile and diverse. Many national traditions remain unchanged for many centuries, the main aspect of life remain strong and trusting relationships between members of different communities. Indigenous people are very careful to nature and environmental issues are paramount to them. They haven’t an abundance of resources on the island, but local residents appreciate and cherish every drop of the precious nature.
Curacao will delight its guests with a variety of interesting specialty shops. Thus, Serena's Art Factory enjoys great popularity among tourists. It offers customers very cute handmade … Open
Music and dance are vivid manifestations of national culture; they are feature a strong rhythmic foundation. In contrast to many other countries on the region, where the main musical instruments are drums and other percussion instruments, locals here are used to set the rhythm by their own hands. A few deft hand claps and the rhythm is set; local residents don’t require any additional devices for fun and dancing.
Strolling through local markets and souvenir shops, visitors can see a lot of interesting crafts, colorful fabrics and souvenirs. At first glance, they may resemble children's crafts, and there is a grain of truth in this association. The inherent ‘childishness’ of the local craft is due to the fact that original manufacturers were younger family members. While the parents were working on plantations, children were making colorful souvenirs to sell them later and to contribute to the well-being of the family. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Curacao is the island in the Caribbean Sea. It is located approximately 80 kilometers away from Venezuela. The island is a part of Leeward Islands that belong to Lesser Antilles. Willemstad … Open
Multi-ethnic culture is also reflected in particularities of the language. It is a complex mix of Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and Indian linguistic characteristics. The local dialect is very different from that which is inherent to residents of neighboring islands. Religious culture is also very versatile; adherents of different religions could be found on the island. Religious traditions differ with ritual elements, which are particularly demonstrated during various holidays.
Willemstad, Curacao Local people are very nice and friendly to foreigners, latest are treated with respect and some share of curiosity. Many natives may seem rather lazy and slow, when in fact they are hard-working and dutiful. Despite the inherent sociability and curiosity of locals, they are very considerate and polite. During intercourse you shouldn’t worry about wrong question, as natives have excellent sense of delicacy, as well as a great sense of humor.
The main advantage of Curaçao is the picturesque beaches with snow-white sand and crystal clear water. The island has excellent conditions for outdoor, and beach activities. Nonetheless, … Open
As for the festivals held on the island, it is worth noting that they all deserve close attention from tourists due to their colorfulness. One of the most famous festivals taking place in Curaçao is the Curacao Dive Festival, which falls at the end of May. It is organized throughout the coastal areas of the island, gathering hundreds of divers from all over the world. The program includes diving and snorkeling classes, parties are held on the beaches at night, and in cultural institutions, one can listen to musical performances.
Santa Martha View Throughout the year, fantastic regattas can be witnessed on the island - for example, in February (Heineken) or mid-October. Fans of spectacular shows must see this so that only the most vivid impressions remain from visiting Curaçao. Late August is the time for the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival gathering hundreds of famous jazz and bluesmen in Willemstad on Piscadera Bay. It will just suffice to mention the names of its headliners - Sting, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, Stevie Wonder all performed here in different years. Since it is an open-air event, this is a great opportunity to enjoy not only high-quality music but also beautiful nature by arranging a picnic or camping.
Local cuisine is distinctive and original, and it is widely compared with European; however, national traditions aren’t deprived of Creole flavor. An abundance of seafood and vegetable … Open
A colorful month-long festival in a tropical paradise - what could be better? For those who find it difficult to answer this question, the Carnival is held in mid or late February. It is divided into several stages: the Tumba Festival opens the Carnival (beauty contest for the title of King and Queen of the festival), in the following weekend, there are colorful parades led by children and teenagers, and then the processions move to the countryside. The festival ends with bright celebrations, parades, exhibitions, and culinary program. The processions can be seen everywhere around the island, but the most vivid performances take place in the capital of Curaçao. In addition to the festival, a colorful regatta can be admired in the coastal areas.
The Plaza Hotel, Willemstad Koningsdag (April 27), Labor Day (May 1), Flag Day (July 2), and Curaçao Day (October 10) stand out among other public holidays on the island. Here they also celebrate religious holidays: Easter, Ascension, and Christmas are among the most revered ones. The New Year is of particular importance for tourists, its celebration is always accompanied by fireworks and fairs. Harvest festivals are widely celebrated throughout the island as well. One of these is held throughout March, opening the harvest season.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Curacao
♥   Basilika Santa Ana, Willemstad, 12.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Reina di Santisimo Rosario, Willemstad, 13.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

National traditions of Netherlands Antilles

Local traditions have not changed in the last hundred years. There are several basic features. Locals have strong bonds in families. They respect and love nature and care about the environment. The Antilleans remember that many of their ancestors were slaves who were forced to work on plantations. In fact, the times of slavery had a serious impact on locals. They had to live in bad conditions and had almost nothing. Perhaps that's why they became strong-willed people, who were ready to meet any challenge and not retreat even in the most difficult situation. Here, ancestors are treated with great respect. … Open
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Curacao

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Curacao. Learn the best periods to visit Curacao to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Curacao.
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