Saint Lucia (French: Sainte-Lucie) is an island
nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser
Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Its size is 620 km² with an estimated population of
160,000. Its capital is Castries. The island nation has been the home of two Nobel laureates,
Arthur Lewis and Derek Walcott, and so can claim the distinction of being the nation with the most
such honorees per capita in the world.
Saint Lucia's Festivals
Saint Lucian cultural
festivals include La Rose and La Marguerite, the one representing the Rosicrucian order, the other
one representing Freemasonry, which can be seen on a mural painted by Dunstan St. Omer, depicting
the holy trinity of Osiris, Horus and Isis. Traditionally, in common with other Caribbean
countries, Saint Lucia held a carnival before
Lent. In 1999, it was moved to mid-July in order to not to coincide with the much larger Trinidad
and Tobago carnival, so as to attract more overseas visitors.