Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the FRC Leslie Charles said October is a significant month as Creole month is celebrated not only in St Lucia, but in other Creole-speaking nations.
Charles explained that Creole Heritage Month is a time when St. Lucians celebrate and show appreciation for their culture. He added that this celebration transcends race, religion, age and sex.
“This is a time to remember our parents and grandparents and the way they did things in the past, through creative means to sustain their lively hood,” Charles told the gathering.
Creole Heritage Month Celebrations will be made possible this year through contributions of the Ministry of Tourism and sponsors such as: Consolidated Food Limited, LIME St. Lucia, Bank of St Lucia, and National Printing Cooperation (NPC), among others.
Minister of Health Alvina Reynolds, Minister of Commerce Emma Hippolyte, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) James Chan attended the launch.
Activities for this year’s Creole Month Celebrations includes: Dejnen Kweyol, Oktoberfest, Konpetisyon Woulelaba, World Food Day, Cultural Literacy Programme for students at Mount Pleasant, Swawe Kweyol, Konpetisyon Jennes Kweyol, Fet Kweyol, Konpetisyon Woulelaba (Woulelaba competition), Music Storytelling and Kweyol night, Festen Kont Epi Lista Ek Tanbou.
Other activities will also include: Manje, Danse ek Chante an Kweyol, Jounen Kweyol Sentlisi 2014, Creole Art and Craft Exhibition at Mount Pleasant, Kweyol Literacy Course, Konpetisyon Lawenn Kweyol Laplas Kweyol, Lafen Maje Kweyol and the Jounen Kweyol Entennasyonnal.
The Kweyol Month, which was first launched in 1984, has over the years grown into the biggest national cultural festival in St. Lucia and neighbouring countries such as Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica. To date, this event is celebrating its 30th year in existence under the leadership and coordination of the FRC.
Over the years St. Lucians have participated in activities commemorating October, as Creole Heritage Month and the 28th day of that month as International Creole Day “Jounen Kweyol Entennasyonnal”.
Traditionally on the Sunday closest to the International Creole Day, activities are held in numerous communities in celebration of the month. The idea behind the celebrations are to increase the awareness and pride among St. Lucians of their rich cultural heritage, the Creole language and to encourage solidarity, among Creole-speaking communities locally and around the world.