Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day)
Jounen Kwéyòl, or Creole Day, is celebrated in St. Lucia every year on the Sunday which is closest to International Creole Day (October 28th). International Creole day is celebrated by former French colonies or Francophone nations that share the Creole language.
Jounen Kweyol is the climax of a month-long celebration during which there is a national programme of cultural and education activities in various communities. The main activities usually take place in four communities that are selected to host the activities for that particular year.
Thousands of people flock to these communities to participate in the celebration. Activities include a creole mass; a massive Creole Food and Drink Fair; exhibitions and demonstrations of Creole technology, equipment and items depicting the folk life of the ancestors of modern-day St Lucians; cultural performances throughout the day, and other community-specific spontaneous activities. On that day St. Lucians are also encouraged to speak the Creole language as much as possible.
The highlight of Jounen Kweyol for many people is the food. Traditional foods are served and prepared the traditional manner.
The national dress is worn on that day by men, women, boys and girls.