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Culture St Lucia

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

St Lucia : Discover the country's culture

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Photography books

Music

- Musical Traditions of St-Lucia: West Indies. (1993).
Smithsonian Folkways.

St Lucia : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

Before 1502: the island was inhabited by the Arawak and Carib Indians.
1502: the discovery of Saint Lucia by Christopher Columbus.
1605: the English drop anchor off the island, but are soon pushed away by the Caribs.
1650: the settling of the French.
1650-1814: the French and the English continuously fight for the island, it being passed endlessly from one to the other.
1814: Saint Lucia is handed over to the British. Treaty of Paris.
1838: the abolition of slavery.
1967: Saint Lucia, an English colony, becomes a member State of Commonwealth.
February 22nd 1979: Independence.
1980-1981: political turmoil.
1983: hurricane.
Since 1997, the country has been governed by Prime Minister Kenny Anthony.

St Lucia : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

JANUARY
January 1st and 2nd: New Year celebrations in Castries.
FEBRUARY
February 22nd: Independence Day (national holiday).
MARCH
Good Friday.
Easter Monday.
MAY
May 1st: Labour Day.
In May : Jazz festival. It attracts a great number of talented artists every year.
Pentecost.
JUNE
In June : Fishermen's festival.

JULY
July 14th: Bastille Day.
In July : Carnival. Great celebrations to the rhythm of calypso, with costumes and music parades and folk dancing.

AUGUST
First Monday in August: Commemoration of the abolition of slavery.
End of August : Rose of Lima festival.

OCTOBER
In October: La Marguerite festival.
End of October: Creole language festival.
NOVEMBER
In November: Thanksgiving.
November 22nd: Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music.
DECEMBER
December 13th: National holiday commemorating the dicovery of Saint Lucia.
December 25th: Christmas day.