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Kwéyol – Wasin Pép-La: Creole – The Root of The People

by Karen Rollins Sep 18, 2023

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St Lucia Creole Heritage Month 2023

St Lucia will celebrate its diverse and vibrant Creole heritage throughout October under the theme ‘Kwéyol – Wasin Pép-La: Creole – The Root of The People.’

The month-long celebration will include street parties, seminars, workshops, theatrical performances, culinary experiences, and art exhibitions held across the country. 

The activities begin on 1 October with ‘Oktoberfest en Kwéyòl’ and culminate with Jounen Kwéyol on 28 October (International Creole Day) with designated communities holding various events centred around the island’s Caribbean, European, and African roots.

During the official media launch for Creole Heritage Month, the Folk Research Centre urged St Lucians to come together to recognise and appreciate the island’s history. 

Cultural activist, Monsignor Patrick Anthony, said: “Look at our two flower festivals, the rose, and the marguerite, celebrating together. We have our differences, political or whatever, but we are Saint Lucians. We must come together in unity.

“We not only need to bring the two flower festivals together but the entirety of Saint Lucia. We need peace in Saint Lucia.”

Sources: Travel St LuciaSt Lucia News Online, and Loop News St Lucia