St Lucia celebrated National day on December 13 with its traditional Festival of Lights. As the name suggests, the focus is on cultural presentations using the light imagery. This year’s theme was “Illuminating our achievements—Our Vision.” A large crowd filled Derek Walcott Square in Castries to hear the Cecilian Rays sing. Other performers included the Culture Flames, AVAD Dance group, Helen Folk Dancers (pictured above), Llewellyn Gill, Hubert “Breeze” Fevriere and Mamai La Caye, Ziggy, Blaze, Platinum George and Lightening Stars Dance Troupe. The performances were followed by a spectacular light display and the much anticipated lantern parade.
The festival honors the island’s namesake. Saint Lucy, also known as Saint Lucia, (283-304), a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint by Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. Her feast day in the West is 13 December, by the unreformed Julian calendar the longest night of the year; with a name derived from lux, lucis “light,” she is the Patron Saint of the blind.
For a fuller report, plus photographs, go to http://stluciastar.com/content/archives/9490