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Discover Our Mountain Majesty

Talk show super-star Oprah Winfrey once said that St. Lucia's two majestic volcanic plugs, the fabled twin peaks of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, located south of Soufrière and situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are among the top ten things to have in your "bucket list." We couldn't agree more! Every time returning visitors see the Pitons, they often remark that it seems like they are seeing them for the first time, every sighting is mind-blowing. On a full-day excursion to the Pitons, you can hike all the way to the top, noticing everything from the orchids, the hummingbirds, the butterflies, the canopy of trees and one of the most spectacular views you will ever encounter.  

The Festival of Lights: A Holiday Tradition

December 04, 2017

Every year, Saint Lucia Day is celebrated on December 13. Saint Lucia is the patron saint of light, and this remembrance marks the beginning of the annual Festival of Lights and Renewal. Young girls and women are selected to be Saint Lucy and wear a festive wreath on their heads in which are placed 13 lit candles. Lanterns are crafted and contests are encouraged. The lanterns are made using a variety of materials and colors, often featuring depictions of historical or social events. Some are brilliant abstract displays, and others feature everyday objects.

All the lanterns are hung in the doorways of homes to “light the way” on Saint Lucia’s Eve just before a Parade of Lanterns through the streets, along with Christmas dances and songs. Afterward, all the holiday lights are switched on for the season, followed by a fireworks display. New Festival of Light customs are added occasionally, such as the Lantern Ritual, during which a musical procession led by traditional masqueraders marches to the harbor. Here, they light paper lanterns and place them on the water, along with prayers and wishes for the future.

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