On the east coast of the island another village with a fishing heritage attempts to keep our island in perfect symmetry as it too offers its Fish Festival. The general ambiance here is in keeping with that of Gros Islet and Anse-la-Raye with the main difference being the night of the week. The visitor is greeted by the sea breeze which ushers the tantalizing aroma of the myriad of sea offerings prepared by the villagers. The musical accompaniment with a definite preference to Soca, Dancehall (reggae) and some R&B perfectly adds to the atmosphere to make this festival a wonderful experience for any patron. (The dates of this event for this month are 1, 8, 17, 24 and 31)
Anse-la-Raye Seafood Friday
Just when you thought that it was all centered about Gros Islet, we are pleased to offer you an attractive alternative. The Village of Anse-la-Raye, located on the west coast just south of Castries offers the alternate Friday Party with its Seafood Friday. Traditionally a fishing village, Anse-la-Raye offers the spoils of its labour to all visitors. Whether you crave the catch of the day or desire a delightful delicacy such as squid, octopus, shrimp or lobster, your taste is sure to be satisfied. Not to be outdone Anse-La-Raye also boasts its ability to get you grooving to a wide variety of Caribbean music. Anse-la-Raye, definitely another hot spot every Friday night…(This Month the dates for this event are 7, 14, 21 and 28)
Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party
The longest running street party in St. Lucia, the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. With the pulsating rhythms echoing from the speakers of the islands DJs and the occasional appearance of local artists, one would be hard pressed not to enjoy themselves and even more so not to move to the infectious bass lines that accompany our Caribbean music. Everyone knows that dancing on an empty stomach is not cool. You can find a variety of Bar-Be-Que grills serving mouthwatering local cuisine including chicken, pork and sea food. One thing’s for sure, Gros Islet Friday Night is a must-stop for any visitor who loves to party. (This Month the dates for this event are 7, 14, 21 and 28)
National Day - Festival of Lights and Renewal "
"The National Day is a designated date on which celebrations mark the nationhood of a nation or non-sovereign country. This nationhood can be symbolized by the date of independence, of becoming republic or a significant date for a patron saint or a ruler (birthday, accession, removal etc.). Often the day is not called ""National Day"" but serves and can be considered as one. The National Day will often be a national holiday. Formerly Discovery Day, Saint Lucians have always observed and celebrated National Day for a number of years by going to church services, attending parades and rallies, organizing sports meeting, staging cultural presentations and recently, the focus has been on the spectacle of these cultural presentations in various communities using the visual imagery of light, in its many manifestation as with light sculptures, lantern contests, and other assimilations.
Contact: Cultural Development Foundation P.O. Box CP5405 Castries, St. Lucia West Indies Phone (758) 452-1859 (758) 452-5646 (758) 453-2459 Fax (758) 459-0615 email: email@example.com
"Christmas Eve is the day that, according to modern calendars, contains the evening, or first evening, of Christmas, a widely celebrated festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It is a culturally significant celebration for most of the Western world and is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas.
Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday generally observed on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity
"Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and many other Commonwealth countries on December 26, the day after Christmas Day; or alternatively on the next weekday after Christmas.
The celebration is traditional, dating back to the middle ages, and consisted of the practice of giving of gifts to employees, the poor, or to people in a lower social class. The name has numerous folk etymologies the Oxford English Dictionary attributes it to the Christmas box; the verb box meaning: To give a Christmas-box (colloq.); hence boxing-day.
New Years Eve /Old Year's Night
New Year's Eve is observed on December 31, the final day of the Gregorian calendar, the day before New Year's Day. New Year's Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year's Day. In modern practice, fireworks, music, other forms of noisemaking, and alcoholic beverages are common elements of the New Year's Eve celebration. New Year's Eve is often celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight.