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Nos Zjilea Cultural Event
February 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm AST$5.00
The Nos Zjilea event has a fusion of local arts and crafts, plants and vegetables, and educational presentations. Enjoy the delicious food while listening to some of the best local musicians as they play live at Mangazina di Rei terrace.
The theme of this month’s presentation is all about local beliefs around natural phenomena. All presentations are presented in Papiamentu and immediately translated into English.
More than 100 million years ago, volcanic eruptions took place deep underwater along the edge of the Caribbean plate. As a result, solidifying rocks formed the core of our island. Eons later, African slaves who lived on the island brought their own experiences, customs, and beliefs to Bonaire to explain these natural phenomena. Even today, one can still find some customs from this earlier time period.
Mrs. Petra Cecilia will explain how the local “Bristol” almanac has been used to understand nature better since the time of our ancestors. In addition, she will also talk about some local habits, such as how one can get your lucky numbers from the “Bristol” almanac every day.
These days we regularly hear in the news about hurricanes and earthquakes in the region. These natural phenomena also took place on our island in the last century. Mr. George “Kultura” Thode, will give a presentation about these phenomena and what impact they had on our society and what they can mean for our island in the future.
There are several professions on Bonaire that one doesn’t hear much about nowadays. Our ancestors used to have a habit of working with everything that comes from nature. Mr. Sharlon “Sha” Mercera is a man who masters various crafts with materials that come from nature, such as working with flambeau, dry cactus wood. Mr. “Sha” Mercera will explain how, together with other people, he made the hedge that was built in Goto Lake.
Mrs. Caroll-Ann Soliano will also give demonstrations on how to fold the traditional headscarf in different styles. Nowadays, this is no longer just a cultural use of the past, but it is also very “in” for different people of different ages.
A visit to “Nos Zjilea” is of course not complete without a visit to our exhibition highlighting the culture and nature of the Rincon area. Enjoy all this in a cozy atmosphere with a live performance by our local artist, Mr. Eddy Melaan, and the local band, Nel i Su Grupo. As always, spectators may enjoy the dance couple Donny & Monique Winklaar, and those who wish can join them on the dancefloor.
At the local market, one may taste and buy various local fresh products, such as the line of locally produced natural fruit juices, Made in Rincon, herbal medicines, local delicacies and dishes, local art, and much more.