About Bonaire Bonaire has 18,413 inhabitants according to the count of 2014. The count in 2001, 86% of the population were of Dutch nationality, but only 52% were island-born. Besides a lot of people from the Netherlands and neighboring countries, like Venezuela and Colombia, a striking number of people from the Dominican Republic, mostly migrant workers live on Bonaire. The vast majority of the population is Roman Catholic (77%). There is a small Protestant community and the evangelical churches are growing rapidly (about 10% of the population). The official language is Dutch. Of the population speaks 75% home Papiamento (a blend language of Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), 12% Spanish, Dutch 9% and 3% English. Most Papiamento language speakers also speak Dutch, English and Spanish. Bonaire uses the phonetic spelling of Papiamentu, not the Aruban (etymological). Annual festivities February 25: Procession through Kralendijk by the original inhabitants of Bonaire in festive attire with evening fireworks. April 26: Kingsday. Here this holiday is also celebrated by the residents and their guests. Music, dance and singing predominate. With closing fireworks. June 4: Summer begins on Bonaire earlier than for example in the Netherlands. This is celebrated all over the island. July 10 to 11: Carnival at Bonaires. Very different from the carnival in the Netherlands and a must-see! For more information please visit: - Bonaire at Wikipedia - BonBiniBonaire - Infobonaire - Bonairepage - Tourismbonaire Calendar of Events:
FEB 14: CARNIVAL GRAND PARADE IN RINCON - This is a prelude to the Grand Carnival Parade. Local musicians create an exceptional ambiance in Rincon  by playing their latest carnival hits to the delight of hundreds of marchers dressed in resplendent costumes.
FEB 15: CARNIVAL GRAND PARADE IN KRALENDIJK - The largest carnival parade is the Grand Parade through Kralendijk held on Sunday before Ash Wednesday.  This parade is filled with unforgettable music, spectacular floats and original costumes decorated with colorful stones, sequins and feathers, creating a unique display.
FEB 16: CARNIVAL MONDAY  (OFFICIAL HOLIDAY) - The end of the carnival season is marked with a parade ending in Kralendijk.
FEB 17: OLD MASK PARADE AND BURNING OF KING MOMO - Carnival comes to an official end on the eve of Ash Wednesday with the burning of ‘King Momo”. This event takes place in Kralendijk.
FEB 28: CULTURAL MARKET FEB - The Cultural Market has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon. Every last Saturday of the month from 8am till 1pm. Entrance free.
MAR 07: WET 'N WILD FOAMPARTY - For the first time, a foamparty will be organized on the island of Bonaire. During this event, local as well as international DJ's will perform and the partying audience will be sensationally foamed. Join us on Saturday March 7th for this amazing WET 'n WILD event and enjoy the music, people, and of course soap bubbles!
MAR 20 - 21:  BON DOET - BON DOET is the Bonairean version of the NL DOET organized annually in the Netherlands by Oranje Fonds to bring volunteers and organizations together to earn and benefit from each other, helping our community to grow.
MAR 28: EARTH HOUR - Earth Hour 2015 will take place on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30pm (local time).
APR 03: GOOD FRIDAY - Good Friday - Legal Holiday
APR 05: EASTER SUNDAY - Easter Sunday - Legal Holiday
APR 06: EASTER MONDAY - SIMADAN (HARVEST) FESTIVAL RINCON - Easter Monday – Legal Holiday
APR 11: DIVE FRIENDS CLEAN UP DIVE - Dive Friends Bonaire organizes the second quarterly Bonaire Underwater Clean Up Dive 2015. On each Clean Up Dive, a different area of Bonaire's coastal reefs or beaches is selected and any trash which has not become part of the reef is collected. We invite and welcome any participants who want to combine vacation with doing the right thing for their reefs! Quarterly cleanups give us the opportunity to focus on the removal of new trash rather than disturbing the flora and fauna that have taken up residence in older trash.
APR 25: CULTURAL MARKET - The Cultural Market has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon. Every last Saturday of the month from 8am till 1pm. Entrance free.
APR 27: KING'S BIRTHDAY - King's Birthday – Legal Holiday. An official government ceremony in honor of King Willem Alexander Is followed by numerous events and celebrations.
APR 30: RINCON'S DAY - Rincon Day is a special day on the island of Bonaire, where the focus is in the oldest town of Bonaire and the Dutch Caribbean. Visitors can enjoy an array of local cuisines and listen to local music and traditional dances.  All of these activities take place in the center of Rincon where locals and visitors meet and enjoy several cultural festivities.
MAY 01: LABOR DAY - Labor Day - Legal Holiday
MAY 14: ASCENSION DAY - Ascension Day - Legal Holiday
MAY 26: BONAIRE DIVE WEEK - A  very nice new diving event on Bonaire
MAY 30: TASTE OF BONAIRE - At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire.
JUN 17: DEEP SEA CHALLENGE BONAIRE - Between the 17th and 27th of June, 2015, Freediver World Records holder Carlos Coste and his team will be present on Bonaire for the annual Deep Sea Challenge. Freediving is an underwater activity associated with competitive breath-hold diving or competitive apnea. This year, they opted for the island of Bonaire because of its beautiful, clear and calm waters, healthy food and convenient logistics. During this event, Carlos Coste will attempt at Freediving Variable Weight World Record, which is currently 145 meters deep. These dives will take place on June 21st, 25th and 27th, and will be supervised by a board of judges provided by the International Association for Apnea Development. The event is hosted by the Van Der Valk Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.
JUN 24: ST JOHN'S DAY - Feast Day of St. John - sowing time after harvest. The Lord was asked via San Juan (St. John) to bring rain and calm strong winds of April, May and June.
JUN 27: CULTURAL MARKET JUN - The Cultural Market has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon. Every last Saturday of the month from 8am till 1pm. Entrance free.
JUN 28: TASTE OF BONAIRE - 3 - At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire.
JUN 29: ST PETER'S DAY - Feast Days of St. Peter & St. Paul - time of hard winds. Bonaireans asked the Lord via San Pablo (St. Paul) to calm the winds and via San Pedro (St. Peter) the fisherman asked to bring Bonaire’s men home safely from sea.
JUL 18: DIVE FRIENDS CLEAN UP DIVE 3 - Dive Friends Bonaire organizes the third quarterly Bonaire Underwater Clean Up Dive 2015. On each Clean Up Dive, a different area of Bonaire's coastal reefs or beaches is selected and any trash which has not become part of the reef is collected. We invite and welcome any participants who want to combine vacation with doing the right thing for their reefs! Quarterly cleanups give us the opportunity to focus on the removal of new trash rather than disturbing the flora and fauna that have taken up residence in older trash.
JUL 25: TASTE OF BONAIRE- 4 - At the Taste of Bonaire, visitors will have the opportunity to experience food, culture, local handicrafts and all things offered on Bonaire.
JUL 31 - AUG 2: BONAIRE HEINEKEN JAZZ FESTIVAL - Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival! Three days of high quality music from all over the world! http://www.bonairejazz.net
AUG 29: CULTURAL MARKET - The Cultural Market has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon. Every last Saturday of the month from 8am till 1pm. Entrance free.
SEP 06: BONAIRE FLAG DAY - Bonaire Flag Day – Legal Holiday - The entire island of Bonaire celebrates the existence of the island. Most of the time it is held within a chosen town on Bonaire where locals and visitors dance, eat, drink on the streets with several entertainment bands. The Motorcycle event is also one of the major highlights of this day where over 400 participants with their motorcycles are flown in from around the world and take a tour of the island as part of the national flag day ceremony.
OCT 04: JONG BONAIRE'S ANNUAL SWIM TO KLEIN BONAIRE EVENT - For the 15th time, Youth Center Jong Bonaire is organizing its annual fundraising event Swim to Klein Bonaire, taking place at the beginning of the Bonaire International Sailing Regatta. This sport and social event brings together families and individuals of all ages to support the children of Jong Bonaire, one of the largest programs in the Antilles dealing with teenagers and serving to hundreds of high school students here on the island of Bonaire. The event will be held as every year at Eden Beach Resort (starting point).
OCT 05: ANNUAL BONAIRE REGATTA - The 48th edition of the Bonaire Regatta takes place from 5th-10th October 2015. During this event the bay will be filled with sails from all kinds of sailing divisions, all competing a whole week for their class championship.
OCT 17: DIVE FRIENDS CLEAN UP DIVE 4 - Dive Friends Bonaire organizes the fourth quarterly Bonaire Underwater Clean Up Dive 2015. On each Clean Up Dive, a different area of Bonaire's coastal reefs or beaches is selected and any trash which has not become part of the reef is collected. We invite and welcome any participants who want to combine vacation with doing the right thing for their reefs! Quarterly cleanups give us the opportunity to focus on the removal of new trash rather than disturbing the flora and fauna that have taken up residence in older trash.
OCT 31: CULTURAL MARKET - The Cultural Market has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon. Every last Saturday of the month from 8am till 1pm. Entrance free.
NOV 07: MISS TEEN BONAIRE & MISTER TEEN BONAIRE - Miss Teen Bonaire & Mister Bonaire 2015 Pageant by AD Production.
NOV 28: CULTURAL MARKET - The Cultural Market has a fusion of local arts & crafts, plants & vegetables and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at cultural park Mangazina di Rei located at the east-entrance of Rincon. Every last Saturday of the month from 8am till 1pm. Entrance free.
DEC 01: BARI FESTIVAL PERIOD - The season Bari, from late November lasting until the end of the year, was a depiction of the gossipy news and events displayed by different music and songs. The event took place for everyone to see and hear. Probably better to behave, let ‘secrets’ be broadcast for all to hear! The Bari is an African style drum (different than Maskarada) constructed with a barrel base and a stretched sheepskin top. Called Tambu in Curacao, Bonaireans called it Bari, after the rum "barrel" used in the making. In addition to the Bari, slaves used a ukulele, guitar and a wiri to broadcast the news. A wiri is a piece of metal with notches played by sliding a stick on top. Today, as the musicians are brought rum drinks, the year’s events are put to song and the musicians playfully banter back and forth while friends and family listen and enjoy.
DEC 05:  SINTERKLAAS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - Originated in Holland and celebrated only in the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands, Sinterklaas (or St. Nicholas) is a day children look forward to. Sinterklaas is a tall elderly man dressed in red that rides a white horse and is accompanied by zwarte pieten (servants). As tradition has it, Sinterklaas visits only once a year, bringing presents to all the children who have been well behaved. In order to receive a present, children on December 4th fill one of their shoes with grass for Sinterklaas' white horse; the next morning they awake to find an empty shoe and a present.
DEC 15: KINGDOM DAY - Legal Holiday
DEC 25: CHRISTMAS DAY - Legal Holiday
DEC 26: BOXING DAY - Boxing Day (Day after Christmas Day) - Legal Holiday
DEC 31: END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION - Fireworks show in the streets of Kralendijk.

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