Sunday 7 June, 2020

Watch: Dominica the Creole island of the Caribbean

Dubbed the Nature Island of the Caribbean for its 365 rivers and numerous nature spots, Dominica has a rich Creole history with French and African influences which is evident in their music, dance, food, and dress.

Dominica celebrated its 41 Independence on November 3 and hosted several events leading up to this historic day. One such event is Creole Day celebrated on the last Friday of October each year.

Samantha Letang, Marketing Executive, Discover Dominica Authority told Loop News that the Creole Day parade is an expression of the rich “creole vibe” with a very colourful, very bright and very vibrant type of culture.

The streets of the capital, Roseau, saw hundreds of people, men, women, and children, all dressed in their traditional creole wear like the Wob Dwiyet for women and black pants with white shirts and a red sash for men, dancing and singing to the music they have grown to love.

Letang explained that while Dominica has the largest celebration of the creole culture, many other Caribbean islands celebrate with them. St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Antigua are all sister islands rich in Creole culture.

“I think Dominica makes it a bigger celebration because it really sets us aside as a people and what we are…” “It’s a celebration of who we are as a people,” Letang said.

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