Two days of island-wide prayer and thanksgiving this weekend will signal the start of Dominica’s 2014 Independence celebration.
Fet Andepandans or the Independence Celebration will begin on September 20th and continue to November 4th and will see several new features added to the already packed program of activities.
The celebration is being observed under the theme “Our nation our responsibility.”
For the first time there will be a Secondary schools’ creole choral speech competition at the Arawak house of culture, the Wata (Water) Fest at Wesley, History week to be held under the theme “Kalinago Heritage” together with a national arts and craft exhibition and food fair.
“We begin by giving thanks to God in all things especially on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of Dominica’s independence,” former Chief Cultural Officer and Chairperson for the Independence activities, Raymond Lawrence, said at the official media launch on Wednesday.
The launch took place at the studio of the Government Information Service (GIS).
“We are encouraging all Dominicans to join together in prayer for the nation and to dress in national wear to attend services this weekend,” he said.
Lawrence noted that it is with this theme in mind that, “we call all Dominicans to continue to take on the responsibility in being good stewards of this beloved country of ours.”
He reasoned that Dominica has come a long way since its independence 36 years ago, but there is still a lot of untapped potential that needs exploring and maximizing.
“We have come a long way since Dominica became independent in 1978,” he stated. “But Dominica still has a lot of untapped potential that we have to explore and maximize. There is still room for further growth and development and as we enter into another independence season.”
He added that as Dominica enters the independence season citizens should commit “to nation building and a new commitment to cooperation and striving for what is best for Dominica and for us as a people.”
Dominica’s independence celebration is being hosted by the Government of Dominica and the Independence Committee and other public and private sector institutions.
The following are some of the activities:
-September 20-21st National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving
-Friday 26th Official opening ceremony at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium at 5.30 pm
-Saturday 27-28th Titiwi festival at Layou
-Saturday 27-28th Eastern, Northern, Southern district Cultural semi-finals and National rally for older persons
-Friday 3rd Creole wear
-Saturday 4th Western, South-Western South Eastern district Cultural Semi-finals
-Sunday 5th North Eastern District Semi-Finals
-Monday 6th North, South East, South Zone Athletics Preliminaries
-Monday 6-10th History week-theme “Kalinago heritage”
-Thursday 9th North West, South West Zone Athletics Preliminaries
-Friday 10th Creole wear and Cultural finals part 1
-Saturday 11th Cultural Finals part 2
-Sunday 12th Cultural finals part 3, World rural women’s day celebrations
-Wednesday 15-16th Secondary schools independence athletics finals day one and two
-Friday 17th Creole wear
-Saturday 18th Market day with a difference Marigot, NCCU Cadance Lypso competition
-Sunday 19th Heritage day at Capuchin
-Wednesday 22nd primary schools independence athelics finals
-Thursday 23rd National wob dwiyet pageant
-Friday 24th Public Service Day, Information Expo, Creole wear, Flag Day
-Friday 24th -26th World Creole Music festical
-Saturday 25th Pan in the city, market day with a difference Roseau
-Sunday 26th Kweyol Bod La me
-Monday 27-30th Creole in the Park
-Tuesday 28th Secondary schools creole choral speech, E.O Leblanc Distinguished lecture series
-Wednesday 29th –November 2nd Wata (Water) Fest
-Thursday 30th National Youth Rally, Madam Wob Dwiyet pageant
-Friday 31st Creole Day, Dollar Day (DAPD), Creole Dress Parade
-Saturday 1st-2nd Fet Lapwent
-Saturday 1st Market day with a difference in Portsmouth
-Sunday 2nd Creole in the North, Ti- Matador Creole Pageant
-Monday 3rd National day parade, National Cultural gala
-Tuesday 4th National Day of Community Service