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Nos Zjilea Cultural Event

December 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm AST

Celebrating year-end traditions at the Nos Zjilea Cultural Event at Mangazina di Rei on Bonaire.

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 the end-of-the-year traditions.  All presentations are presented in Papiamentu and translated into English.

New Year’s Eve is the most popular period of the year. Our ancestors came together to share their memories with each other, but, before the visitors came, the necessary traditional preparations had to take place. The table was set with dishes and the house was cleaned with incense in anticipation of the new year. Nowadays, all these customs have become traditions and customs.

This Saturday, December 28, is the final edition of the cultural event Nos Zjilea for the year 2019 at the Mangazina di Rei Culture Park. This edition features the theme “Traditions of Old and New.” It is a habit to prepare different delicacies. Mr. Constantino “Tino” Thielman will give a demonstration on how to prepare a local traditional delicacy of fish while waiting for the new year. 

At the end of every year is the tradition the “De Bari, ” a traditional instrument.  Different songs are sung which are about exchanging personal feelings expressed in words. During Nos Zjilea, you may come and listen to the two well-known local singers of the Bari–Mr. Wesley “Wewe” St Jago and Mr. Rignald “Yonchi” Dortalina, who will challenge each other in the traditional way. 

With the new year in sight, you need to make the necessary preparations to start off with a good foot. Another popular local tradition is the celebration of Maskarada, where the participants adopt different personalities with a mask on. Come and enjoy this celebration together with the group.

Cleaning the house is not only mopping and sweeping but also chasing away the evil spirits to welcome the New Year with all the good things it brings. Mrs. Leticia “Letty” Beaumont will tell us what you should all take into account when cleaning your house so that we can herald the new year properly.

A visit to the Nos Zjilea is, of course, not complete without a visit to our breathtaking exhibition about the culture and nature of the Rincon area, which is highly recommended. All this in a cozy atmosphere with a live performance of a barrel organ and the local band, Grupo Ritmiko Timon Krioyo, with songs of the tradition of the Bari and their hits of the year performed especially for this occasion. As always you can enjoy the dance couple, Donny & Monique Winklaar, who will welcome you to join them on the dancefloor.

At the local market you can taste and admire various local fresh products such as strop’i kalbas, locally produced natural fruit juices Made in Rincon, local delicacies, local art, and much more. You can also enjoy various local dishes and delicacies of this time of the year.


December 28, 2019
8:00 am - 2:00 pm AST
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Mangazina di Rei


Mangazina di Rei
Boulevard Miguel A. Pourier z/n,
Rincon, Bonaire,
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