Flag day on Bonaire takes place September 6th each year. In Papiamento, the local creole language, the day is called Dia di Boneiru – literally translating as Bonaire Day. This is a national holiday with most stores and businesses closed: Dive shops and windsurf shops never close – don’t worry!
Flag day festivities include a ceremonial raising of the flag in the morning, speeches, a party hosted in a different neighborhood each year with booths selling local food and drink. The six pointed red star on the Bonaire flag represents the original six villages of Bonaire: Rincon, Antriol, Nikiboko, North Salina, Playa (Kralendijk) and Tera Kora. All six villages today are thriving, bustling. neighborhoods and each year they take turns hosting Bonaire Flag day. Flag Day Bonaire is a day of national pride, celebration, music and fun.
The Bonaire flag with it’s white, yellow, red and blue colors looks beautiful against the Caribbean Sea. The colors and design of the flag have special meaning. The blue is for the sea, of course! The yellow is – you guessed it, the sun! The white in-between sea and sun represents the sky. The red, white and blue honor the flag of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Bonaire is considered a municipality of the Kingdom. The two other elements of the flag also have special meaning; the compass represents a population that comes from all over the world and the six pointed red star, the six villages.
Pick up your own Bonaire flag at Budget Marine. They sell high quality flags in a range of sizes – the photo below shows what’s currently on offer. A flag of Bonaire makes a great souvenir and a way to show pride for your favorite Caribbean Island.