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Indian Diaspora Tour of Suriname in August 2023

Indian Diaspora Tour of Suriname in August 2023

Indian Diaspora Tour of Suriname in August 2023

We wish to announce the launch of our 2nd annual Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre (ICC) Indian Diaspora Country Tour of Suriname (Caribbean/South America) scheduled for August 9th to 14th, 2023. The ICC annual tour is a not-for-profit initiative that grew out of the weekly ICC Sunday ZOOM Public Meetings, now in its 125th edition.

The objective of the ICC Tours is to bring participants of the weekly ZOOM programs together physically, at least once annually. We welcomed over 60 persons in the Indian Diaspora to Trinidad and Tobago for the inaugural tour from August 4th to 11th, 2022. The experience was wonderful, with many visitors agreeing that the Indian tradition of extended family get-togethers should continue in other parts of the world where indentureship was part of the country’s history.

We now extend an invitation to you to join us for the second ICC Tour of Suriname from August 9th to 14th, 2023.

Please register to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of the multi-ethnic South American country of Suriname. Over 34,000 Indian indentured labourers had migrated to the formerly-called Dutch Guiana country between 1873 and 1916. We have planned many cultural experiences which will include a visit to the statue of Bap and Mai – a memorial dedicated to Hindustanis [Asian Indians] of Suriname. 



We will visit the Mariënburg historical site of a former sugarcane plantation, factory and village, located in the district of Commewijne, in northern Suriname. In 1745, Mariënburg was founded as a sugar plantation by Maria de la Jaille where many Indian indentures worked. 



Part of the cultural experiences will include a visit to a unique compound shared by the Neve Shalom synagogue and the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at Islam mosque in Paramaribo. Visitors will witness the built architecture symbolising the racial and religious harmony of Suriname.



For nature lovers, the scenic Nickerie with its lush green surroundings and expansive rice fields will allow them to reconnect with nature and agriculture. 

Before leaving for home, participants will experience and participate in Suriname’s baithak gana music, an authentic wedding ceremony, folk dance and prayer services at a mandir, masjid and church.

Details of these attractions and other destinations - including accommodation options and Covid-19 country protocols - will be shared with interested individuals and parties. If you are interested in joining the ICC family to tour Suriname from August 9th to 14th, 2023, kindly click on the following link to complete the form on your phone or computer, and touch the SUBMIT button:   https://forms.gle/xdmeRFUHvPWoueYQ8


ICC Tour organizers: 

● Ms. Shalima Mohammed, Business Psychologist, Trinidad and Tobago,  shalimamd@gmail.com   

● Dr. Kumar Mahabir, Anthropologist, Trinidad and Tobago,  dmahabir@gmail.com ,  

● Dr. Radjen Baldew,  Medical doctor and Entrepreneur, Suriname  Radjen_baldew@hotmail.com , and 

   Mr. Bhagwan Gangaram Panday, Managing Director of Ara Travel, Suriname, md@aratravel.sr