Festival of Lights and Renewal
The Festival of Lights and Renewal is part of the merriment of National Day, celebrated on December 13th. On this date our nation honours our patron saint and namesake, Saint Lucy –the patron saint of light, symbolizing the triumph of light conquering dark, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life.
In Saint Lucia our Festival of Lights includes a lantern competition when locals create lanterns out of papiermâché, wood, metals and other materials. These lanterns portray an array of themes – calypso and soca music, historical events and buildings, mystical creatures and everyday objects. Starting the first week in December, these festivities conclude with a parade of the lanterns, Christmas musical and dance performances, the lighting of the Derek Walcott Square and a fantastic display of fireworks, all on National Day. There has been a long tradition in Saint Lucia at this time of year, of the creation of lanterns to be hung originally in doorways of homes to ‘light the way’ and this has grown in more recent years into a creative competition that starts off the celebrations around the first week of December. This year, The Festival of Light Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, December 12th, at the Derek Walcott Square from 7:30 p.m. Participants in the Lantern Competition will parade the streets of Castries with illuminated lanterns into the Derek Walcott Square where winners will be announced and prizes awarded. The night’s activities will encapsulate Christmas traditions; highlighted and celebrated through a theme production topped off with a pyrotechnic display of lights and fireworks.
Participant in the 2014 Festtival of Lights Lantern Competition.