Curaçao Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Monday, October 10th. There are until the next observance.
Curaçao Day is an annual public holiday celebrated on October 10. On October 10, 2010, the island will mark the tenth anniversary of its independence from the Dutch Kingdom. Curaçao is located in the Southern Caribbean Sea, together with sister islands Aruba and Bonaire. Curaçao now governs and regulates its internal affairs as an autonomous nation, with the Kingdom regulating specific sectors like extradition, defense, and international relations. The island of Curaçao is the largest of the six Caribbean islands that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ Caribbean territory.
📆 When is Curaçao Day?
This year, Curaçao Day is on October 10th. It is the 2nd Monday in October; in 2023, it is on Tuesday.
→ Did you know: There are various orange-flavored liqueurs available, but only those made in Curaçao use the peels of the island’s native Laraha orange.
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📜 History of Curaçao Day
The island was returned to Dutch sovereignty in 1815. Curaçao eventually became a part of the Netherlands Antilles in 1954, as part of an effort to combine the several Dutch colonies in the Caribbean into a single republic. The dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles took effect on October 10, 2010, despite referendums showing minimal popular support for this new entity on the different islands. Curaçao was thus included in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the monarchy maintaining control over defense and foreign affairs.
The Dutch Kingdom was also responsible for managing the island’s finances under a debt-relief deal struck between the two. Despite the fact that Curaçao is self-governing, the Netherlands has intervened in its affairs to ensure that parliamentary elections are held and proper budgets are completed. Since 2010, this party has been held instead of Curacao Day, which remembers when de Ojeda and Vespucci arrived in 1499, and Kingdom Day, which remembers when the Netherlands and Curacao signed an agreement in 1954.
☑️ Curaçao Day facts
✅ Chichi doll
Curaçao’s vivid, hand-painted chichi doll is a well-known symbol; the clay figures are hand-sculpted and come in a variety of sizes, with colorful costumes and sensual bodies.
✅ Aloe vera for your skin
The tropical aloe vera plant is used as a popular after-sun treatment because it is good for the skin, full of vitamins, and naturally cools.
✅ Say yes to Dutch cheese
Because of its history as a Dutch trading post, the island is famous for its large wheels of exquisite Gouda and Edam cheese.
✨ Things to do on Curaçao Day
⚡ Swing your hips to Tumba music
Immerse yourself in music to commemorate Curaçao Day. Tumba, a mash-up of Latin music and Caribbean instruments, is the official music of the Curaçao Carnival, although defining how it sounds is almost impossible.
⚡ Educate yourself about the island
Learning more about the history of Curaçao Day is one of the most significant things we can do to honor this day. We must also recognize the efforts of the people who made this day possible.
⚡ Make it a culinary cultural event
Gather family and friends for a wonderful supper with Curaçao’s speciality cuisines. If you can’t locate a local restaurant that provides the island’s delicacies, look them up on the internet and make them with your family.
📅 Curaçao Day Observances
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