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Saint lucia

  1. 1. SAINT LUCIA "The Land, The People, The Light"
  2. 2. Saint Lucia (French: Sainte-Lucie) is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique.
  3. 3. ST. LUCIA • Capital (and largest city): Castries • Official language: English • Vernacular language: St. Lucian French Creole -spoken by 95% of the population-
  4. 4. • Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), is colloquially referred to as "Patwah" (Patois) • This Antillean Creole is used in literature and music, and is gaining official acknowledgement. • As it developed during the early period of French colonization, the creole is derived chiefly from French and West African languages, with some vocabulary from Carib and other sources.
  5. 5. The volcanic island of Saint Lucia is more mountainous than many other Caribbean islands. Saint Lucia is also one of the few islands in the world that boasts a drivein volcano.
  6. 6. St. Lucia was the site of a fierce power struggle between the Carib and Arawak Indians. Later, the English and French also fought for the island. It was governed 14 years, 7 by each, In the end, the British gained control of St. Lucia, which is considered to be one of the Caribbean's most beautiful islands. Due to British colonization, the official language here is English. But other cultural influences still linger. The cultural heritage of St. Lucia played a large part in the language its inhabitants now speak. Elements of Carib and Arawak, along with a heavy French influence, created the island's patois. While locals on St. Lucia speak this unique dialect, they also know English.
  7. 7. Basic conversation in Creole English Creole Good morning bonmaten Good afternoon bon lapwè midi Good evening bonswè Good night (use when going to sleep) bon lanwit Hello bonjou Please souplé Thanks mèsi How are you? sa'w fè I am fine mwen-la (I dey) I am fine mwen byen I am fine thank you mwen byen mèsi See you later! pli ta! Call me! kriyé mwen!
  8. 8. The Culture of Saint Lucia blends the influences of African, French, and English heritage. CULTURE OF SAINT LUCIA
  9. 9. FESTIVALS St. 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).
  10. 10. • Saint Lucia also celebrates a cultural festival known as Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day). • Most people commemorate this day by wearing the island's national wear known as the Madras.
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