St. Lucia: Events
What is happening in St. Lucia:
The St. Lucia year is marked by a number of festive events from Carnival and Calypso celebrations to world-class tennis tournaments and weekly street parties. There is also the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, which is a four-day extravaganza in May, which has performers from all over the world.
- New Year's Day - January 1-2 - Public Holidays
- Assou Skwe
- Cricket Season begins
- National Creole Cooking Competition
- Cricket Season
The Assou Skwe is a giant fair, which is held at the Pigeon Island ground to mark the beginning of the New Year. Calypso tents are a major attraction during the Calypso season. There are a number of tents set up with tents compete against each other while at the same time presenting their calypsos for the season.
- Independence Day - February 22
- Kite Flying
- Ash Wednesday
There are a number of gala events and parties that are held on Independence Day and the days leading up to the National Day. The calypso tents are in full swing and there are the competitions for the "King" and "Queen" crowns.
- Traditional Lenten Period
- President's Ball
- Easter Holidays - Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday (occur either late March or early April)
St. Lucia's dominant religion is Catholicism and at the Easter Holidays is marked by church services and Easter Sunday has a number of church services and parties. This also marks the end of abstinence.
- Earth Day
- Easter Holidays - The Easter Holidays - Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday (occur either in late March or early April)
- Festival of Comedy
The Easter Holidays are the most solemn days on the St. Lucian calendar. Easter Sunday is a day when there are many church services and gift giving. This day also marks the end of the season of abstinence.
- Labour Day - May 1 - Public Holiday
- African Liberation Day
- Mother's Day
- Whitsuntide Weekend
- St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Labour Day is a holiday for all the workers in St. Lucia and is organized by the labour unions.
- Small Hotels Retreat
- Father's Day
- Corpus Christi
- The Fisherman's Feast
- St. Lucia Squash Open
- Calypso season
The Fisherman's Feast begins with a church service, which is followed by the blessing of boats and boat sheds on the beaches. There is great merriment, which lasts the whole day and well into the night.
- The Fisherman's feast
- Kids' Safari Summer
- Miss SLHTA
The Miss SLHTA Beauty Pageant takes place in July and has grown from strength to strength over the years. It comprises of six beautiful ladies each represents a hotel and vie for the coveted title. The winner usually goes on to represent St. Lucia at regional pageants during the year of her reign.
- Emancipation Day
- Market Vendors Feast
- Fete La Woz / The Rose Festival
Emancipation Day celebrations mark the end of slavery in the Eastern Caribbean well over 100 years ago. It is celebrated on the first Monday of the month.
- Thanksgiving Day
- Jounen Kweyol
- Entennasyonal (International Creole Day)
- Bill Fish Tournament
Jounen Kweyol is organized each year by the Folk Research Centre and celebrated in different communities around the island.
- All Saints Day
- All Souls Day (Fete Le Mo)
- Remembrance Day
- St. Cecilia's Day
- ARC - major yacht event
- International Food Fair
All Souls Day is celebrated to remember the departed loved ones and this is done by burning a lamp in their homes, beautifying the cemeteries, repainting the tombs and installing fresh flowers and wreaths on the graves.
- National Day
- National Day Festivals
- Christmas Day
- Legends Tennis Tournament
December in St. Lucia is a month-long festival, which starts around National Day celebrations and continues through Christmas events. The focus on National Day is to build pride in the country with sporting, cultural, religious, social and commercial activities, such as the Festival of Lights, which features a lantern-making competition and the decoration of towns and villages with lights. It also has a market festival and festival of musical bands.