Although Christians dominate the country but people of Saint Lucia respect others' religion. The Festivals in Saint Lucia are more of a social event than a religious one. Their cosmopolitan Culture of Saint Lucia has created a secular atmosphere. The cultural festivals in St Lucia include La Rose and La Marguerite. La Rose represents the Rosicrucian order while the other one is for Freemasons. Christianity being the major religion in the country Christmas inevitably is the country's biggest festival that is celebrated across the nation. During Christmas people greet each other heartily and a series of parades and cultural events and shows take place in various part of the country.
Music and dance are part and parcel of Saint Lucia's culture. The blend of European and Caribbean folk music has enriched the Culture and Traditions of Saint Lucia. Some of the popular music Festivals in Saint Lucia are Lucia Carnival Parade of the Bands and International Jazz Festivals. These festivals are held to promote the practice of music and spread the essence of Caribbean music all over the world. From western classical to various folk music genres such as calypso, zouk, soca and reggae the music played by Caribbean artists is sure to cast a spell over the audience. A vibrant folk dance form of St Lucia, Quadrille is also performed in these festivals.
The rich Cultural Heritage of Saint Lucia is manifested through these festivals and events. These festivals also serve as the platform for upcoming musicians and artiste of the country. They also create a cultural bond between people and thus carrying forward the tradition and Culture of Saint Lucia.
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But St. Lucia's culture extends far beyond the table, as the island has long held a reputation for its intellectual and artistic talents. St. Lucia has produced two Nobel Prizewinners: the late Sir W. Arthur Lewis, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979, and poet Derek Walcott, who won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature.
To understand as well as enjoy St. Lucia's culture is largely a matter of gaining some sense of the various peoples who have contributed to it. The first of these were the Arawaks and the Caribs, Amerindian peoples indigenous to the entire Caribbean. They were expert hunters, farmers, fishermen, and skilled artists. Their primary crops were cassava, yams, sweet potatoes, all of which still play a central role in the island's food. The Amerindians were decimated by the arrival of the Europeans, and only a small number of St. Lucians can still trace their roots back to this group. Some of the few particular aspects of Amerindian culture that survive include farina and cassava bread, fish-pots and other local craft items. Some villages still practice the ancient art of fishing in dug-out canoes.
The next group to arrive on the shores of the island were the Europeans, primarily the British and the French. Though the Europeans didn't settle St. Lucia in large numbers, they had an incalculable impact on the island's history and culture. The British and French influences seem to weigh equally, despite the fact that the French lost the island in 1814. To St. Lucia's complex cultural mosaic, the British contributed their language, educational system, and legal and political structure. French culture is more evident in the arts--music, dance, and Creole patois, which stands alongside the official language of English.
At the same time that the Europeans were bringing their own cultures to St. Lucia, African culture was becoming established through the arrival of slaves for European plantations and, later, indentured labourers. Their descendants constitute the largest percentage of the island's population, and their proud heritage has had an enormous impact on St. Lucia's character as a nation. African traditions have survived the repressions of slavery and servitude to become the strongest element in St. Lucian culture today.
After the abolition of slavery, East Indians came to St. Lucia as indentured servants. Most worked in the large sugar factories in the Cul-de-Sac, Roseau, and Mabouya valleys and in Vieux Fort, where there is still a significant East Indian community. In comparison to other immigrant groups, their numbers were small. Although their traditional culture has almost disappeared, the East Indians have had a notable and lasting influence on the island's fine cuisine.