St. Lucia turns 36!

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Saint Lucia gained independence from Great Britain on February 22 1979. The Saint Lucian flag comprises of blue, black
and white, and yellow. The colors symbolize the islands serene sky and sea, unity of it’s people, and year round sunshine
respectively. The triangle is reminiscent of the island’s famous twin mountains in Soufriere called the Pitons. (This
is not to be confused with “Piton” , the name of a locally brewed beer.)

The Helen of the West, Saint Lucia, located 14°N and 61°W in the Eastern Caribbean; celebrates 36 years of Independence today. Motto: The Land, The People, The Light. Saint Lucia gained independence from Great Britain on February 22 1979. The Saint Lucian flag comprises of blue, black and white, and yellow. The colors symbolize the islands serene sky and sea, unity of it’s people, and year round sunshine respectively. The triangle is reminiscent of the island’s famous twin mountains in Soufriere called the Pitons. (This is not to be confused with “Piton” , the name of a locally brewed beer.) As if to copy the twin Pitons, Saint Lucia boasts “twin” Nobel laureates in the persons of Sir Arthur Lewis who was awarded the Nobel prize for Economics in 1979 and Hon Derek Walcott who was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1992. Saint Lucia carries a fascinating culture and history. The main language spoken is English, however French creole (patois) is also spoken by a large percentage of the population. This is a result of the French influence coming from many years of battle for ownership between Britain and France.

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A hill on Pigeon Island, located in the north is home to Fort Rodney which provides a superb view of the surrounding environment
and the neighboring island of Martinique. The Fort got its name from a British admiral who fought during the battles with the French, and it provided a strategic point from which to observe the activities of approaching warships and to mount retaliatory attacks. Pigeon Island was later linked to the mainland by a causeway along which the renown “Sandals Grande Hotel” was later built.

With regard to the culture, Saint Lucia celebrates a variety of festivals: the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival in April – May, Carnival in July, two flower festivals namely La Rose in August and La Marguerite in October, Jounen Kweyol (creole
day) in October and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in December.

When in Saint Lucia be sure to climb the famous majestic Pitons, enjoy a natural bath at the Sulphur Springs (a drive in volcano offering therapeutic baths), visit the Botanical Gardens, take an aerial tour via the Sky Rides, or simply ‘lime’ with friends drinking Piton beer in Rodney Bay- the most exciting night life area in the north. Don’t miss out on Gros-Islet Friday night, jumping carnival with your backa*, or grooving to the pulsating rhythms at the jazz festival. And remember to indulge in the island’s national dish: Greenfig and Saltfish.

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Sulphur Springs
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The Pitons