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Friday, October 16, 2009 –  Folk Research Centre pioneer, cultural activist and writer, Monsignor Dr. Patrick Anthony, launched the revised edition of his publication “Flower Festivals of Saint Lucia” on Wednesday, at the Castries City Hall, to an audience of primarily students.


Monsignor Anthony’s book launch, comes during the month of La Marguerite celebrations and Creole Heritage Month.


Commenting on the book, Executive Director of the Cultural Development Foundation Kennedy ‘Boots Samuel, endorsed the publication, noting that it has documented the information on the Flower Festivals for generations to come.


“What PABA has done is very, very important for St. Lucia. The documentation of our story will last. It will be the only thing that will last when all of of you and your memories have gone.”


Monsignor Anthony highlighted that one of the most outstanding revelations of the book is the inconsistency of dates of the celebration of the feast of the La Marguerite Festival.


“When you read my book, you will discover that La Marguerite is celebrated today, of the feast of St. Marguerite Mary Anna Cock which is the 17th of October. Whereas the tradition says this,  people like Simmons and Crowley who have written about  La Marguerite have always said that that date is questionable.”


Several individuals and institutions including the Carmen Renee Memorial School, well known for its identification with Saint Lucia’s folk culture, were presented with a copy of the book.

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