A scene from Heritage Day

A scene from Heritage Day

Dominicans from all over the island gathered to celebrate 38 years of strengthening the commitment to nation building on Sunday.

The commemoration of the annual National Heritage Day took place in the village of Mahaut.

Dressed in national wear, the people danced and sang to songs written in native Creole language.

Members of the government including President of Dominica His Excellency Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit and his wife Mrs. Skerrit, added to the nationalistic atmosphere that surrounded the venue.

Phillipa Christopher, a resident of Mahaut, was crowned Cultural Elder for the year 2016. She received a sash from President Savarin.

A total of 14 persons received rewards for dedication to the upbringing of the village of Mahaut and for their genuine desire to see the village become exceptional. Included in these beneficiaries were Father Clement Jolly, Dr. Damien Joseph Dublin and Mervin Thomas.

Other highlights of the day involved and Opening of Exhibition and special presentations by cultural groups within Dominica.

Heritage Day 2016 concluded with a Cultural Gala and performances by popular local bands including Midnight Groovers, Ti Orkest and the Triple Kay Band.