Christmas in the Caribbean: December Festival for Saint Lucia National Day and beyond

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The official end of a calendar year which signals the start of yet another, provides an opportunity for reflection, an outpouring of gratitude and a purposeful commitment for renewal. It seems only natural then that the month of December would be associated with celebration and feasting. 

The December festivals are a series of traditional and historical festivals which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through artistic creativity with the use of light – a symbol of rebirth.  Saint Lucia’s National Day, or Saint Lucy’s Day – the feast day of the patron saint of light – is celebrated on December 13. The December festivals with their collective theme of devotion and celebration are a precursor to this major feast. Today, the December festivals are an eclectic mix of Saint Lucian culture that merges into a spirit-filled contemporary celebration of the Christmas Season. The three major events of the December festivals are:

• The Lantern Festival – an inventive and competitive showcase of lantern-making where youth, adults, artists, families and schools test their creative skills. Around this time, in years gone by, families would hang lanterns out in their balconies in honour of the patron saint. The festival keeps this tradition alive through the display of hand-crafted lanterns.

Read more at: St. Lucia Star



Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) host, Shamkoe Pilé, shows us highlights from this year’s regional arts festival, CARIFESTA XIII. Enjoy!

Culture Minister Praises Antigua/Barbuda’s Performance at CARIFESTA 13 and looks ahead to its Staging in 2021

Antigua_culture-minister-praises-the-cou-620x330St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda (via ABS TV)  -     The just-concluded 13th staging of CARIFESTA in Barbados has given the Culture Ministry here in Antigua and Barbuda a template in which to put plans in motion for the 15th edition of the festival.

Trinidad and Tobago will host Carifesta 14 and then its Antigua’s turn to invite the region here in 2021.

Culture Minister the Hon. E.P. Chet Greene spoke with ABS news today about his assessment of the country’s performance in Barbados and the preparations for 2021.