THE NA­TIONAL COS­TUME

The Star (St. Lucia) - - NATIONAL DAY -

One mostly sees the in­for­mal ver­sion of the na­tional cos­tume which is a lacy un­der­skirt topped by a madras or flo­ral skirt. The bodice is of the same lacy, white ma­te­rial trimmed in rib­bon. The tete mawee is the head­piece al­ways tied with a peak (or two de­pend­ing on mar­i­tal sta­tus).

The for­mal ver­sion of the na­tional cos­tume is very in­tri­cate and much more elab­o­rate. It is a full-length dress of brightly coloured fab­ric, of­ten­times flo­rals, tied up on one side to re­veal the lacy lay­ers of the un­der­skirt. Be­hold­ing a lovely Saint Lu­cian lady in full, for­mal na­tional dress is a de­light­ful sight.

THE MOTTO AND PLEDGE

The ideals rep­re­sented by the flag are re­in­forced in the is­land’s motto: The land, the peo­ple, the light and the Na­tional Pledge: With God as my guide, I pledge al­le­giance to my coun­try, Saint Lu­cia. I pro­claim that I will serve my coun­try with pride and dig­nity and will de­fend it with vigour and val­our in the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence, jus­tice and equal­ity for all.

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