The Babonneau communities are well known for their love of St. Lucian traditional culture and are preparing to make their contribution to this year’s Creole Heritage Month. While La Magrit celebrations will be held officially on Wednesday October 17th around the island, the school children of Babonneau will hold their own festivities on Friday October 19th from 1 pm at the School yard of the Babonneau Primary School.
Schools from Balata, La Guerre, Boguis and Fond Assau will participate and may be joined by the Gros Islet Primary School. A recent report from the CDF indicated that the La Rose and La Magrit groups are in decline, but it has been observed that the schools’ celebration of the festivals is increasing. The schools of Babonneau led by their teachers have ensured that the students keep these unique St. Lucian traditions alive.
The other major activity being planned by the Babonneau Cultural Committee has been titled “Babonneau an Kwéyòl” and is scheduled for Friday October 26th from 7-12 pm, the weekend that falls on the eve of Jounen Kwéyòl. The venue is Babonneau playing field (near the Secondary School.) The Friday before Jounen Kwéyòl has become known nationally in recent years as Vandwédi Kwéyòl. Business houses, government offices are decorated in madras and other cultural colours and persons dress in varieties of madras and other cultural costumes.
The “Babonneau an Kwéyòl” is billed as a family night. The well-known Sigwé Solo group will headline other acts that include Les danseurs traditionelles with quadrille and traditional folk dancing; Cher Cher, a solo and drum group from Chassin and Babonneau’s own quadrille group. Also appearing that night will be cultural groups from Boguis, Garrand and Fond Assau. Those who attend this event that falls on the eve of the national Jounen Kwéyòl on the 28th will enjoy Solo, Kont, Bamboo bursting, creole food and good St. Lucian music.
The activites enjoy the full support of Parliamentary representative Honorable Alvina Reynolds and the local council. The public is invited to come to Babonneau on this Vandwédi Kwéyòl to begin the weekend of Jounen Kwéyòl in an atmosphere of St. Lucian cuisine and culture.
Contact for Schools La Magrit activity – Mrs Martina Gajadhar 7157500
Contact for Babonneau an kwéyòl – Mr Auguste Gaspard 4616167