Festival of Colours being observed today

Celebrate our culture, our diversity! Phagwah is a Hindu religious holiday observed in March to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The festival of colours is being observed today.

CARICOM Member States recognise and respect the freedom of conscience of the individual to profess and practise his or her religion, belief or persuasion. CARICOM Member States also recognise that each culture has a dignity and a value which shall be respected; that every person has the right to preserve and to develop his or her culture; and that every person has the right to participate in the cultural life of his or her choice. (Source: CARICOM Charter of Civil Society)

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

Lashley gives safety assurance for CARIFESTA XIII

Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley. (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service -  FP)
Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley. (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service –

Barbadians are being assured that strict security measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of persons attending the various CARIFESTA events.

This assurance recently came from Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley, as he addressed a press briefing in his conference room in Sky Mall.

Speaking in light of the recent shooting incident during Grand Kadooment, Mr. Lashley noted that from the early stages of planning the coming arts festival, the security of patrons and participants has always been a major focus.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service