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Jounen Kwéyòl

Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day) is celebrated in Saint Lucia on the last Sunday of October across the entire island, and has been held annually since 1983. 

Jounen Kwéyòl observes the island’s multicultural creole heritage which mixes French, African and Caribbean influences. Tantalizing kweyol food, music, games and folklore comes together to give this festival a unique flavor. The traditional madras wear is worn and the local French-based Creole language is spoken.

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HISTORY

Jounen Kwéyòl, or Creole Day, is an annual celebration held in St. Lucia and other Caribbean nations to honor and preserve the rich Creole culture and heritage. The event was first celebrated in 1983, initiated by the Folk Research Centre in St. Lucia. Its purpose is to promote the Creole language, traditions, and customs that are integral to the identity of the people.

The celebration typically takes place on the last Sunday of October and features a variety of cultural activities, including traditional music, dance, food, storytelling, and craft displays. Communities across St. Lucia host events showcasing their unique local customs and traditional practices.

Jounen Kwéyòl has grown in popularity over the years, becoming a significant cultural festival that attracts both locals and visitors. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving Creole heritage and fosters a sense of pride and unity among the St. Lucian people.

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