(PRESS RELEASE) – Creole heritage month culminates with Creole Day, which is perhaps the most widely celebrated event on island after St. Lucia carnival and the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.
This year the festival was celebrated in the towns Soufriere and Vieux-Fort who portrayed a stellar showcase of Creole Art and Culture.
Minister for Culture and Local Government Sen. Hon. Fortuna Belrose stated that the activities in Soufriere indeed gave people a glimpse of the past and commended the organizers for a job well done.
“The residence held a church service this morning. We are now here to celebrate Jounen Kweyol 2018. The Organization was great. I think the people are in the spirit of the occasion and I just want to wish everyone bon fete Jounen Kweyol.”
Creole food was widely prepared and sold throughout the island followed by performances in creole dance and plays.
Social Transformation Officer for Vieux Fort North and organizer of the Vieux Fort event Mr. Kendal Alva expressed his gratitude to the residence and various group for their participation.
“Saint Lucia is a place with creole heritage and this is something for us to celebrate because if you do not know your past you will not be able to move forward. During this celebration you will get a variety of food and drinks. I would like to tell everyone to speak creole, before if one spoke creole they were considered to be uneducated. However with independence there is a need to embrace our creole heritage.”
Creole Day is a Saint Lucian festival that has been celebrated annually since 1984.