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The Dutch settlers were almost all Protestant. However, they hardly interfered with the population. Catholic missionaries were much more fanatical in this regard, with the result that most people belong to the Roman Catholic Church, about 70% of the population. The second stream is size is the Pentecostal Church. There are also some Protestants, Adventists and Jehovah's Witnesses. Church heydays such as Christmas are celebrated exuberantly and there is a lot of attention for rituals such as baptism and marriage. The inhabitants of Bonaire are generally tolerant of people from other cultures and the different religions can be practiced in harmony on the island. There is a certain secularization on the island. It is remarkable that there are almost no Jews on Bonaire, while they are more present on Curaçao.
Bakker, J. / Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba
Helm, R. van der / Reishandboek Bonaire
Encyclopedie van de Nederlandse Antillen
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