Bonaire’s biggest festival of the year; Dia di Rincon. It will all take place in Bonaire’s oldest town Rincon, where in the heart of the town everyone can enjoy the local cuisine, local music and many cultural festivities.
Traditionally celebrated at the end of the Simadan (harvest), Dia Di Rincon has been a cultural event for over a quarter century already. It starts early in the morning with the 7 o’clock Mass (or Misa di Dia Di Rincon), followed by hoisting the Rincon Flag. The day continues with a series of performances of local music bands. The culture on Bonaire can be felt everywhere. Rincon is filled with smiling faces and proud. Roughly, there are 5 stages, described by the location of the stage:
1. Plasa Commerce
2. Sentro di Bario
3. Den Bus di Pedon
4. Riba stupi di Tachi
5. Pariba di Misa
During the whole day, the oldest ‘city’ of Bonaire is filled with performances, festivities, dance, music and more. On Bonaire, people enjoy these get togethers and the whole island can be found in Rincon during that day. But when the night falls, the party is not over yet. Local restaurants serve the most delicious food on the streets and even ice cream can be found. This is the perfect moment to taste the delicious Rom Rincon of The Cadushy Distillery, if you haven’t already.. Furthermore, every 20 meters you can find a pop-up bar where ice cold refreshments, beer, wine and cocktails are sold for good prices.
The last parade of Dia di Rincon is the best, according to many. Everyone has music running through their veins and the party mood is on! As the parade slowly walks, or actually dances, through the streets of Rincon, people start to walk with them and queue behind the last truck. Huge speakers take care of filling the streets with great local music. As long as the music is on, everyone dances in the last parade of Dia di Rincon!