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

Throw back to 2015!

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Lashley gives safety assurance for CARIFESTA XIII

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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 -
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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

Maximum exposure for CARIFESTA XIII

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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 – FP)

CARIFESTA XIII will not lack for exposure thanks to the signing of two agreements – The Host Broadcasters Agreement with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).

In a brief signing ceremony (Friday) at his Ministry in Sky Mall, Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley, announced that CBC had been appointed the host country’s broadcasting agency responsible for all the television broadcasting arrangements in relation to CARIFESTA XIII. The festival will be held in Barbados from August 17 to 27.

Explaining to the media that CBC’s responsibility was “very critical” to the successful broadcasting of all elements of the regional festival, Mr. Lashley indicated that the island expected to welcome approximately 3,000 cultural artistes from 27 countries.

“The last occasion that Barbados hosted CARIFESTA was 1981, and we want to ensure going forward we are able to document appropriately and, of course, ensure maximum coverage to persons, particularly in the diaspora … We expect those in Barbados will be participating by actually going to the events but of course CBC through its various services will make it available to all and sundry,” he stated.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service