Written by Kaylyn Bodden

Easter Monday Simdan


Simadan is a unique cultural festival in Bonaire, relating back to times of slavery. From February to the beginning of May, special events take place around the island known as Simadan, during the harvest time of Maishi Chiki (sorghum).

Born out of a time when farmers harvested crops, Bonairian farmers, called Kunukeros, celebrate harvest. The tradition began when the farmers would go around helping each other to harvest. As a thank you to those who helped, a Simadan was planned for all to enjoy. The traditional Simadan included music, dancing, food and drink. A traditional dance known as the Wapa, a rhythmic motion forward and backwards, was performed during the celebration.

Today, if you happen to be visiting Bonaire during the harvest season, be sure to enjoy this cultural event. There are many events planned leading up to Dia di Rincon, but perhaps the biggest Simadan is on Easter Monday, in Rincon. This year, on Monday 2nd April, families and friends will gather round to help harvest sorghum and maize while farmers supply food and drink for the grand party.

For more information on Simadan and how you can take part in the celebrations, please visit http://www.tourismbonaire.com/



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