Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine January 2019 - Page 146

EVENTS BONAIRE JANUARY Maskarada The Lt. Governor’s house is the venue for the beginning of the traditional Maskarada event. Villagers, with their faces disguised, entertain with mimes and dances. They move on to entertain in other venues. The performers remain masked until the end of the day. Maskarada is usually held on the first Sunday following New Year’s Day. SIZE POPULATION 16,541 (2011) 294 sq. kilometers OFFICIAL LANGUAGE CAPITAL CITY Dutch but English and Papiamentu are widely used Kralendijk CURRENCY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE MARCH 300 C / 860 F United States Dollar Carnival This festive event precedes the Catholic Lenten period. It is marked by music, parades, pageants, competitions, costumed masqueraders, food, drink and revelry. It all culminates with a grand parade through Kralendijk, held on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. It is an enjoyable time for both adults and children. Visit www.infobonaire.com for more event information Bonaire Photo Credit:TripAdvisor Traveller