A ‘National Emblems Week’ and ‘Shop Dominica’ are two new activities being added to the calender of events for this year’s 38th Independence Celebrations.
This information was revealed by Chairman of the Independence Celebrations Committee, Raymond Lawrence during the official media launch of Independence Celebrations 2016 held at the Government Information Service (GIS) office in Bath Estate on Wednesday.
Following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, which devastated sections of the island last year, the committee was unable to host all activities planned, however this year a packed calendar of activities is being presented for the island’s Independence celebrations.
“In the past we have had Flag Day, which was specific to the flag,” Lawrence explained. “We still have Flag Day, Flag Day now forms part of a larger observation, so we are calling it National Emblems Week which will take in the National Anthem, the National Flower, the National Bird. So that is one new activity that we are having this year.”
Lawrence noted that schools, media houses, as well as community organizations, are being encouraged to, “choose, to maybe highlight an emblem every day, at the school for instance, at the school, at the assembly.”
“The media houses might feature the flag one morning, another morning the bird and ask that people call in to ask questions, whatever and however you want to observe it,” he stated.
He went on to say that for the first time ‘Shop Dominica! Experience the Promotion, an activity organized by the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) will be added to the Independence Programme for the first time.
“I personally think it is a wonderful idea, you get those things at bargain pricing or at lower prices than normal,” Lawrence stated. “It is a wonderful way to encourage shopping, I think it is good for both for the people who are buying and selling, so it’s a win-win kind of situation.”
He mentioned also for the first time this year the official opening celebrations for Independence will be held at Layou on Saturday 24th September, in collaboration with the Titiwi Festival.
“This year we thought why not target with the Titiwi Festival at Layou which has incidentally this year is the 9th Titiwi Festival…as they are starting on the Saturday we will just open the Independence one time and of course the Titiwi Festival will continue on the Saturday and the main day for the Titiwi Festival is Sunday 25th September,” Lawrence explained.
Independence Celebrations 2016 is being celebrated under the theme: “Strengthening our Commitment to Nation Building”.
The celebrations will run from September 17th to November 4th.