Celebrating Dominica’s Heritage This Fall
Travel is all about experiencing new things, and a favorite holiday experience for many is simply getting a taste of the culture within the country you’re visiting, including it’s history, music, food and people. When it comes to Dominica, which gained its independence on November 3rd in 1978, the best time to immerse yourself into our unique Creole culture is on this day, and leading up to this day, each year. If you’re planning to visit around this time, here’s a guide of what you have to look forward to.
Creole Day (Jounen Kweyol)
The last Friday in October before Independence Day each year (October 28, 2016) is celebrated as Creole Day. On this day, most Dominicans will speak Creole and wear some variation of the Wob Dwiyet, the national dress.
Creole In The Park
Held Monday through Thursday leading up to Creole Day (October 24-27, 2016), food and culture is on display throughout Dominica. Visiting during this time, you’ll have the opportunity to try our unique Dominican dishes such as Crab-backs and Callaloo.
World Creole Music Festival
A source of cultural Creole creativity, Dominica is the birthplace of many musical genres such as Bouyon and Cadence-Lypso. Each year on Creole Day (October 28, 2016), the Dominica Festival Committee hosts the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF). In its 19th year, the WCMF has announced a masterful blend of musical acts for the lineup this year, including internationally renowned artists Akon and Wyclef Jean.
Taking place in late October each year, Heritage Day is a celebration of cultural heritage. It is held at a different village each year, where awards are given to extraordinary individuals from the community.
Market Day With A Difference
Held on the two Saturdays before Independence Day (October 17, 2016 in Marigot and October 24, 2016 in Portsmouth), Market Day with a Difference is intended to celebrate the contribution of farmers and vendors to the nation’s development efforts. Vibrant displays of color and music are found throughout our markets.
Contact us for more information on Dominica’s heritage festivities or to build a custom romance and adventure package around the festival. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting celebration of our unique culture.