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Vicar General Fr Esteban Kross (second from right) and other clergy wait for gifts to be presented. Photos courtesy OMHOOG

SURINAME                              

The Diocese of Paramaribo held a special liturgy filled with prayer, praise, singing, and dancing at a packed St Peter and Paul’s Minor Basilica in celebration of Maroon Day, a national holiday, October 10.

The Day of the Maroons is observed in commemoration of the signing of a peace agreement between the Maroon tribe N’Dyuka and the colonial government of Suriname on October 10, 1760. It was only made a national holiday in 2011.

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