Bank holidays and national celebrations
January 1: New Year's Day
January 4, 2004: Epiphany.
Beginning of the Carnival season. It starts the Sunday of Epiphany and ends two months later. It includes several exciting events: election of the queen, Sunday's parade, Mardi Gras and the "Grand Vide" in black and white, and Ash Wednesday.
February 24, 2004: Carnival. Parades in the streets.
February 25, 2004: Ash Wednesday. King of the Carnival's incineration.
March 18, 2004: Mid-Lent
Early April: Celebration of the sea in Saint-Francois.
April 11 and 12, 2004: Crab festival in Morne a L'eau.
April 12, 2004: Easter Monday.
May 1: Labor Day.
May 3rd, 2004:
Old Resident festival.
May 8: Celebration of the 1945 Victory.
May 20, 2004: Ascension. Traditionally, on this day, Guadeloupian people go for a picnic on the beaches.
May 23, 2004: Mother's Day.
May 27: Anniversary of the abolition of slavery.
May 31st, 2004: Whit Monday
June 21st: World Music Day.
May 20, 2004:
June 29, 2004: Deshaies Festival.
July 1st to August 31st: Guadeloupe Festival.
July 6, 2004: Port-Louis Festival.
July 14: National Day.
July 21st: Victor Schoelcher ceremony commemorating the abolition of slavery in 1848.
July 26, 2004:
Guadeloupe cyclist tour.
Traditional Music Festival.
Miss Guadeloupe election.
August 10, 2004: Festival of Women Cooks. After a Mass in honour of their Patron Saint, members of the brotherhood prepare a very colourful mix of culinary specialties from the island.
August 14 and 15: Festival of the sailors in Saint-Francois. August 15, 2004:
Patron Saint Festival and Sailor Festival in Saintes.
Pointe Noire Festival.
La Desirade Festival.
Petit Bourg Festival.
August 17, 2004: Capesterre-Belle-Eau Festival.
August 23, 2004: Sainte Rose Festival.
August 25, 2004:
August 28, 2004: Saint-Claude Festival
October 4, 2004:
October 9, 2004: Anse Bertrand Festival.
October 15, 2004: Basse-Terre Festival.
Beginning of the cockfight season.
November 1: All Saints' Day.
November 2: Day of the Dead.
For the event, candles light up cemeteries.
November 22, 2004: Music Festival in honour of Sainte Cécile.
November 30, 2004: Morne à l'Eau Festival.
December 2004: Saint Nicolas Festival in Terre-de-Bas.
December 8, 2004: Day of women merchants in Abymes.
Mid-December: Jazz Festival in Pointe à Pitre.
December 25: Christmas Day.
December 31: New Year's Eve.