Kweyol Day, Na­tional Day, In­de­pen­dence Day . . . Any­one Care?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - NATIONAL DAY - By Missy La­neous

Although my pass­port doesn’t have Loosha stamped in it, since I am pay­ing taxes here (a lot of it!) I tend to re­spect and ob­serve na­tional cel­e­bra­tions. (Can’t say I’ve done the same in my own moth­er­land). Nonethe­less, last Na­tional Day seemed like noth­ing more than a ran­dom day off, thrown on one of the most pro­duc­tive days of the week: a Wed­nes­day. A bloody Wed­nes­day! Now don’t get me wrong, I was quite happy for the ex­tra R&R which I ini­tially thought would’ve been a day jam-packed with cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. You know, Na­tional Day and all that. Well, well, slap me twice and call me what­ever. Ain’t noth­ing was na­tion­al­is­tic about that day!

I re­ally wish I could say, “save for the one or two gath­er­ings backed with Cre­ole mu­sic with some solid Looshan food.” But no, that wasn’t the case. Noth­ing at all about that ran­dom day off hinted at pa­tri­o­tism much, let alone na­tion­al­ism.

That doesn’t mean there were no ac­tiv­i­ties what­so­ever, you un­der­stand. One or two malls de­cided to cash in on the Santa thing but, as I said, noth­ing re­motely close to what you would as­so­ciate with In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions or our much talked about Kweyol Her­itage. Thank good­ness for the spe­cial Na­tional Day pub­li­ca­tion. At least it gave some of us a small hint as to why Looshans had to have an­other day away from their work­place. Those who have one, I mean.

I heard that even the for­mer PM got his hol­i­days crossed once. While pre­tend­ing to be a race-car driver in what used to be Ken­ny­town, he got so car­ried away with the mood of things that he wished one and all a Happy In­de­pen­dence Day. Okay, so he goofed again, if the story is true. But then, can any­one say the dif­fer­ence be­tween Na­tional Day and In­de­pen­dence Day. I mean, like one lit­tle dif­fer­ence? I know I couldn’t! Ah, well, un­til next time—adios.

Happy Na­tional Day in ad­vance Saint Lu­cia. As if you cared, any­ways!

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