Big Bang: Owru Yari (Old Year) celebrations in Suriname

End the year with a bang at Paramaribo’s Owru Yari celebrations

Photograph by Ingrid Moesan

In many parts of the world, people welcome the New Year with fireworks and music. In Paramaribo, capital of Suriname, Owru Yari (Old Year) festivities on 31 December jam the city’s downtown with partying crowds, live music, and hair-raising pyrotechnic displays, as massive garlands of firecrackers ignite along the main streets to an uproar of cheers.