Motto:“The Land, The People, The Light”
Capital City: Castries
Population: approx 182,273
Languages spoken: Official language is English. Creole French / Patois remains as an influential secondary language.
Religion: Main religion is Roman Catholicism. Seven day Adventist and other Protestants are important minorities.
Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented on the island by a Governor-General. Prime minister is Kenny Anthony
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Dish – Green fig (St lucian name for green banana) and salt fish.
Brief history of the Island:
St Lucia is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean with 2 distinctive mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast.
The control of St Lucia switched from the French to English many times in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1814, Britain took control of the island.
It’s known for its beaches and reef-diving sites, as well as its rainforested interior with waterfalls such as at Toraille. It’s home to quiet volcanic beaches and fishing villages as well as luxurious resorts.
Facts about the Island:
- Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse.
- One of St Lucia’s main export is bananas, but they also export beer and petroleum oils.
- The biggest St Lucian festival is the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May. Musicians come from all over the world to take part in this celebration.
- Cricket is massively popular in St Lucia.
- All children have to go to school between the ages of 5 and 15.
The culture of St Lucia blends the influences of African, French, and English heritage. Lucia holds every year two main traditional festivals, La Woz (“The Rose”, on August 30) and La Magwit (“The Marguerite”, on October 17), organized by the two rival historic cultural associations (societés) with the same names whose affiliates comprise most of the country’s population. Saint Lucia also celebrates a cultural festival known as Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day). This is celebrated each year on the last Sunday of October.
The musical culture of Saint Lucia includes an indigenous folk music tradition, as well as other Caribbean music genres such as Calypso, soca, zouk and reggae.
The Island’s Cuisine is a unique blend of West African, European (mainly British and French) and East Indian cuisine this creates dynamic meal dishes such as Macaroni pie, Stew chicken, rice and peas, hearty fish broths or fish water, hearty soups packed full with fresh locally produced vegetables. St Lucian cuisine is similar to many other commonwealth Caribbean nations such as Dominica, Jamaica Neighboring St Vincent and Trinidad. Typical essential food stuff are potatoes, onions, celery, thyme, coconut milk, the very hot scotch bonnet peppers, flour and cornmeal. Due to St Lucia’s East Indian influenced by its small Indo-Caribbean population, curry is very popular. However, due to the blend of between cooking styles, curry dishes have a distant Caribbean twist to it.
Famous people from the Island
Sir Derek Walcott – poet
Darren Sammy – international cricketer
Dr Kenny Anthony