Official venues for Jounen Kwéyòl 2012 announced

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Official venues for Jounen Kwéyòl 2012 announced

Vieux Fort and Marigot are the official venues for Jounen Kwéyòl celebrations this year.

Patience (Mon Repos) has been dropped as a host of this year’s Jounen Kwéyòl due to logistical issues, according to official sources.

Jounen Kwéyòl is slated for Sunday, October 28.

Meanwhile, the southern playoffs of the National Woulélaba Competition takes place on Sunday, October 14 at the La Ressource (Vieux Fort) Playing Field from 10am.

Teams from La Pointe (Mon Repos), Vieux Fort, Piaye, Laborie, Dennery and Belfond will vie for a place in the finals on November 4.

About Jounen Kweyol (source Wikipedia)

Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day) is a Saint Lucian festival that celebrates Creole culture. It is held on the last Sunday of October across the entire island, and has been held annually since 1984.

On the Sunday of this week, the various towns chosen to host this festival put out the result of their grand preparations; local dishes and foods such as roast breadfruit, Green Fig and Salt Fish (The National Dish of St.Lucia), plantain, king fish, Manicou (opossum), Souse (a soup made with pork and often cucumber), fried bake and floats, Accra (a fried dough which contains salt fish), Paime (otherwise known as Conkies) and a famous dish known as Bouillon (fish, chicken or meat stewed with dasheen, yams, plantains, banana and dumplings) also local drinks such as Cocoa Tea, Golden Apple Juice, Guava Juice and more.

Apart from the food part, the event is collaborated with kweyol music some of which have been past down to and from many generations. The most widely used instrument besides vocals are the Tambos (drums) and are beaten throughout as people speak in the creole language and have a merry time.

Most people commemorate this day by wearing the island’s National Wear such as the Wob Dwiete. Persons who do not want to wear the extreme layers of skirts and dresses make clothing out of special plaid material called Madras which is one of the cloths used in the national wear.

Among the places which celebrate it every year are Mon Repos and Dennery.

NOTE: 2012 Jounen Kwéyòl takes place in Vieux Fort and Marigot.

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  1. Great to celebrate our Caribbean cuture. We do the same island wide in Dominica the last Friday in October every year. It is always a wonderful experience eating traditional Afro/Caribbean food, listening and dancing to traditional music and wearing traditonal clothing. Enjoy Journey Queyole St. Lucia!!!!!!!!!!

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