REVIEW: St. Cecilia’s Day in Castries

REVIEW: St. Cecilia’s Day in Castries
A tourist dances with a local at the Castries market today, Nov. 22, 2012 as St. Lucia observes St. Cecilia's Day (Feast of the Musicians). * Photo by Ronelle Biscombe
A tourist dances with a local at the Castries market today, Nov. 22, 2012 as St. Lucia observes St. Cecilia’s Day (Feast of the Musicians). * Photo by Ronelle Biscombe

Usually a jumble of activity on this day, Castries was in some parts deserted and eerily silent.

However, the upper part of Peynier Street was blocked and transformed into a mini street fair. Musicians from all over dropped in for a song or a set. Most notable was prominent performer and calypsonian Robbie and his band.

Just higher up, near the Castries Market, we found another well-known local musician, Buffalo Odlum, also accompanied by his band of musicians. There, he played his usual gig for this day.

Many local musicians also stopped by for a while. There were also appearances by MC Ezi Hall and MC Cokes. Local favourite Papa Troublesome also had a few words to share!  His “No woman, no carnival” has been a hit since its debut over five years ago.

Former members of several local musical acts also dropped by and stayed a while. Locals and tourist alike partook of the free entertainment on offer.

Meanwhile, students of the Ave Maria School put on a musical affair at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.  Performances were done by students and teachers alike.

Students engaged in choral singing, and individual performances. Teachers were not outdone! They too put on quite a show of instrumentals, voice performances and joint ventures.

Civil servants also put on a show near the centre of government affairs on the waterfront in Castries today.  Lots of song, dance and plenty of food and drink – the perfect end to a slow-starting celebration!

About St. Cecilia (WIKIPEDIA)

Saint Cecilia (Latin: Sancta Caecilia) is the patroness of musicians and church music because, as she was dying, she sang to God. It is also written that as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord”.

St. Cecilia was an only child. Her feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches on November 22. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.

It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband Valerian, his brother Tiburtius, and a Roman soldier Maximus, suffered martyrdom in about 230, under the Emperor Alexander Severus.

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