The 2010 Dominica Independence Celebration began on September 26th. Dominica will celebrate for the whole month of October (and a few days in November) it’s 32 years of independence. There is something planned almost every day of the month. Click the link above to check out the scheduled festivities. Looks like I’ve finally found a place that parties more than New Orleans-a whole month of good times. Nice !
This Sunday, October 17th @ 4pm is the finals competition at the Portsmouth Cruise Ship berth. I encourage you to go if you have not experienced the local traditional music, jing ping, or festive dance. I am a huge fan of jing ping, which I heard for the first time last year at the finals competition. Jing ping reminds me of the zydeco music of south Louisiana, which I rambled about in one of my earlier posts.
One of my favorite traditions to observe here is the donning of plaid creole wear every Friday in October. Here is a photo of one of my sweet local friends wearing her creole attire. Her name is Vinance. She makes a living by making her own beaded necklaces with matching earrings and bracelets. This year has brought her some personal tragedy, however I notice she never complains about it, and she is quick to be grateful to God for everything in her life. I respect her greatly, as she fully embodies an attitude of humility and thankfulness.
I hope you all try to get away from the books at some point this month and enjoy some of Dominica’s rich heritage. It is a wonderful expression and merging of French, British, African, and Indian influences. Take advantage of your time on the rock. You may never have this opportunity again.