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Vincentians in Bermuda celebrate Independence anniversary

Vincentians in  Bermuda celebrate  Independence anniversary

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Vincentians around the world on Saturday, October 27, celebrated the country’s 33rd anniversary of political independence.{{more}}

Joining the celebrations was the Vincentian community in Bermuda, who commemorated the milestone with a week of activities that showcased the Vincentian spirit, love, culture and cuisine.

The week of activities commenced on Sunday, October 21, with a church service at the New Testament Church of God on Dundonald Street in Hamilton, followed by a brunch.

On Monday, October 22, they gathered for a Vincy Folklore night, which featured traditional art and literature, including the singing and recitation of Vincentian music, folksongs and poetry. Tuesday, October 23 was Vincy Movie night, which featured a promotional film and video clips of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A Games Night, held on Wednesday, October 23 was hailed as one of the most enjoyable activities, with dominoes, cards and chess matches. It also featured many of the old ring games that had those in attendance singing and dancing, as they were taken down memory lane of growing up in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The group continued to entertain and have fun when they hosted a karaoke on Thursday, October 25. But it was on the night of Friday, October 26 that they gathered and reflected somberly on the development of their country and people, when they gathered at Sun Valley Road, Warrick, for the count down to midnight when the flag of St Vincent and the Grenadines was hoisted, and the 2012 Independence messages by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Opposition Leader Hon. Arnhim Eustace were read.

Proudly, lustily, Vincentians who now live and work in Bermuda, along with their friends and supporters, sang the national anthem, raising their voices higher as they sang “What e’er the future brings, our faith will see us through; may peace reign from shore to shore; and God bless and keep us true!”

The week of activities culminated hours later on October 27, with a well attended church service at the Hamilton Seventh Day Adventist Church, followed by an evening of Vincy culinary delights, held under the theme “Bring a Vincy Dish”.

The activities featured a variety of Vincentian cuisine, such as boiled fish, parched peanuts, pelau, sweet potato pudding doucana, breadfruit pudding, cocoa tea and bakes, and lime squash, among many others.

According to a spokesperson from the group, “We were happy to be part of the independence celebrations, even though we are not at home. It was remarkable to see us meeting nightly for some activity that left us feeling as though we were right there in St Vincent.”

The celebratory activities were hosted by Vincentians Freddy Adams and his wife, Dr Roslyn Adams.

Already the group is looking at plans for next year, when they’ll host an even bigger celebration for the country’s 34th anniversary of Independence.

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