St Lucia brings together a diverse blend of African, French, and English heritage. The official language of St Lucia is English although Creole is also widely spoken as well.
There are two main festivals held annually in St Lucia celebrating the islands traditions and history. La Woz is held every October and La Magwit is held every October. Other festivals celebrated include Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol) which involves a grand feast and is commemorated in traditional Madras, St Lucia’s national wear.
St Lucia is renowned for its tropical produce. Of all the Caribbean islands, St Lucia is one of the principal exporters of bananas with an impressive six varieties. As well as bananas, St Lucia also produces mangoes, pineapples, papayas, passionfruit, coconuts, guavas and sousops.
Considering this, the island uses its food resources to produce amazing Caribbean cuisine, from fresh seafood, creole-style entrees and Callaloo soup, the national dish of St Lucia. The exciting and distinct flavours of St Lucia’s culinary delights have been recognised with several gold medals in esteemed cooking competitions.
Every July St Lucia holds Carnival, a colourful party and festive celebration of culture, art, performance, music and most importantly, a good time!
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