Jordi c’est Jounen Creole

Kids in Creole wear

As part of Dominica’s Independence celebration today is being observed as Jounen Creole (Creole Day).

Jounen Creole is a celebration of Dominica’s language and culture. Dominicans across the island are encouraged to wear traditional Creole clothing and sample Creole dishes. It includes traditional dancing, folklore, food and music.

Dominica News Online is encouraging readers to send photos of their experience of Jounen Creole for publishing.

Photos should be sent to [email protected].

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  1. lilly
    September 9, 2012

    :) hi, i just wanted to say i have resently been to dominica with my grandma and found it fasinating because my grandma was born in dominica and i have just met her 13 other brothers and sisters and they didn’t believe i was realated to them because i’m so fair compared to them(i’m blonde and pale skinned)! i thought it was great meeting my cousins and great aunties making dumplings at 5 in the morning.their lif styles are very differn to mine.i have bought a dress of the same fabric and adore it!
    love lilly, 13 :-D

  2. Anonymous
    January 30, 2012

    I just came across this post today and was wondering why the title of this story is written in French, most of the comments are written in French (whether grammatically correct or not), or in very poor Kwéyòl. Considering this is a long-standing celebration of Dominica’s Kwéyòl culture, why are Dominicans not yet literate in this language?

  3. Neutral
    October 29, 2011

    Where is our African heritage/culture reflected in these costumes? Please someone educate me!!!

    • Jennifer
      October 29, 2011

      With time comes progress. So what did you expect?

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2011

      stop living in the past … although we embrace our heritage and are proud … my dear friend … with time comes change :roll:

  4. So Na
    October 28, 2011


    October 28, 2011

    GRANDE BONJOUR POUR TOUTE DOMINICHEN ET TOUTE LES VISTEURS. passé un bon journé créole porté zot bien en one love, one heart, one blood, one nation, one people. UNITED WE STAND LETS LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND BE ONE ANOTHER KEEPER. BYE

    October 28, 2011

    Les enfants tres belle
    Mon crois que les enfants sont l’avenir

    Venez en avant les fils et filles
    De ce joyau incomparable.
    Efforcez-vous pour les fils et filles
    D’honne ur ne le droit soit ferme soit équitable.
    Labeur avec des coeurs et des mains et des voix,
    NSe forre nous prospérer sonner l’appel.
    Dans lequel tout le monde se réjouit
    Tous pour chacun et chacune pour tous

    Bon Dieu benisse avec portege Dominique

  7. Waitukubuli
    October 28, 2011

    The KWEYOL or PATWA language is the form of communication my grandma could speak to me in and it’s a language i love and can speak well,but i refuse to participate and accept this hypocritical creole day that the state observes.Every year at this time we seem to pretend promoting so called culture,i thought the word culture defines the way of life of a people.Can we see that demonstrate in our every day way of life here?Most Dominicans can’t and refuse to speak patwa as part of their every day language.Can one imagine going to most of the state run institutions and speak patwa and expect to get any positive feedback much more being attended to?This nation is full of hypocrites and foolish pride.Although most people refuse to speak patwa and seem to want to speak only the english language,yet still we are unable to express ourselves properly in english.Take for example the question round of the national queen show and one will see how dumb we are as a nation.We’ve got all the technology,meaning technology has made progress,but we have regressed.

  8. Homeboy
    October 28, 2011

    Bonne Journée Créole a tous les Gens de la Dominique. Les enfants regardent très belles surtout avec les jupes et les vetements.

    Bon indépendant a Dominique , je manque la mange créole.

  9. Malthus
    October 28, 2011

    Bon Journee kweyol toute moune. Porte kor zot bien.

  10. Bawi Boy
    October 28, 2011

    Ecui tote beten e kweyol. Matt ka jwe ou chanten houde Michael Jackson. Ca pa bon.

  11. BASHIE
    October 28, 2011

    merci bon die pour paye moin dominik.
    apres bon die cest la te.
    dominik cest sel sa nous ni
    a nous preserve paye nous.

    bon jounen creole dominik

  12. Domerican
    October 28, 2011

    Bon Jounen Kweyol Toute Moune.

  13. forreal
    October 28, 2011

    i remember the first day when this creole day was lunched,felix henderson i think it was,came on DBS radio and said,jordi la sa c’est jou la pou tout moun palee lang maman yo,i nearly burst,my stomach role with laugh,but he had to apologize because certain factions of the community thought that,the way he said it,provoked an issue,or that he was a little vulgar but that is patou,take it as you like.

    October 28, 2011

    Bonjour toute Dominichen toute la terre. Je taime beaucoup.

    • diasporianne
      October 28, 2011

      bonne journée a toute la dominique

      je t’aime tres forte mon paye préférée

  15. uncertain
    October 28, 2011

    isnt is Journee Creole?

    • Jennifer
      October 29, 2011

      You really uncertain

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