We’ve Moved!

•May 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Visit us at our new web location

avirtualDominica.com

 

 

 

Great last-minute Holiday Gift! Natural Soap Bundles from Dominca

•December 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Looking for a great last-minute Holiday Gift?

Try these locally made soap bundles from Nature’s Caress. There’s  a package to suit every Mood!

xmas-soap-bundle-400Each Specialty Soap Bundle comes with a Body Oil and Two Soaps. Choose from one of five Soap Mood Bundles from Calming to Rejuvenating and more… a bundle for every occasion:

  • CALMING
  • WARMING
  • REJUVENATING
  • SENSITIVE
  • DERMA CARE

Read more or purchase Nature’s Caress Mood Bundles online here.

 


Visit Nature’s Caress here to make a purchase online or contact them directly.


 

Share some Dominica Heritage this Holiday Season

•December 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

~ Folk Tales from Dominica  ~  Two FANTASTIC New Books!

books-under-treeBefore the electronic age, do you remember gathering under the breadfruit tree at night, listening to Granny tell tales about the soukouyan and lougawou?

Roy Sanford and Jeno Jacob sure do… and they want to share these stories with you!

The traditional Dominica Folk Tales taught life lessons, gave moral guidance, and explained mysterious circumstances like creaks in the roof and the glow of fire flies in the distance.

Two local authors have recently released their interpretations of these delightful (and sometimes fear-inspiring) tales. So share some Dominica Tradition this holiday season and read a story or two when you’re gathered around the table for Christmas Dinner.

The books are available at local bookstores, online on Visit-Dominica.com and at the Roseau Market this Saturday (December 17th, 2016). Enjoy!

Three Nights Later, The Soukouyan on the Roof and Other Stories

by Roy Sanford


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How the Agouti Lost His Tail

by Jeno J. Jacob

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Stop by the Waitukubuli Writes Christmas Book Sale at the market this Saturday, December 17th to buy these books and see a whole lot more.

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Want more?

See more products from Dominica that are available for online purchase at Visit-Dominica.com

The WCMF Cure

•November 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

“WOW!”

That is how I’d sum up Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival this year.

The 19th annual event was a visual extravaganza by both local and international artists, adding just that extra touch to the outstanding performances by all the bands.

After Three Days of Pulsating Rhythms, it’s time  to get back to work… here’s my recipe for a WCMF Cure. What’s yours?

My WCMF Cure

  1. Make Monday a National Holiday 😉
  2. Sleep all day Monday.
  3. Soak in Bubble Beach Spa at Sunset, while sipping my favourite beverage, Dale’s homemade Coconut Punch
  4. Have a light dinner and sleep until Tuesday morning.

Voila! Back on your feet post-WCMF 2016.

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If you missed WCMF 2016, don’t worry!

You can catch up on all the action On the Dominica Festivals Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/DominicaFests

Dominica’s Chapo Pay ~ A New National Symbol?

•October 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

During Independence and Creole Season you’ll often spot both women and men walking through Roseau wearing beautiful “chapo pay” (straw hats). These hats are not only practical in that they give much-needed shade from the tropical sun, but they support the local economy too!

Hand-crafted Chapo Pay are common in Dominica, where we have many talented craftsmen and craftswomen who continue to practice the skills they were taught by their grandparents.

One such talented woman is Ms. Jistine Fontaine, sister to the late Prime Minister Hon. Pierre Charles.

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Jistine creates these beautiful hats herself. She makes the straw from screw-pine before weaving the hats into various designs and adding the creole touches, madras clothe and a flower or two.

Do you have your Chapo Pay for the 2016 Independence Season?

If not, feel free to visit Jistine. She is located at the corner of Independence and Hillsborough Streets. Once Cruise Season starts, you can find her on the Bayfront at Booth #2.

Her hats are reasonably priced and beautifully crafted in both men’s and women’s styles!


The Process

Making the ‘straw’ from screw-pine is not an easy task!

Watch this fantastic video from the Cultural Division that shows how screw pine is processed and then made into different products. The mini documentary is less than 5 minutes.

 


 

National Emblems Week: Dominica’s Traditional Dress

•October 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Traditional Dress in Dominica

October is one of the best months to visit Dominica, because our culture is on display everywhere. Throughout the month, Fridays are designated as “Creole Dress” Day (Had Kwéyòl). On the Fridays leading up to Creole Day (the last Friday of the month), we add an accent of creole to our clothing or wear colourful madras skirts, tops and dresses. Many people create new fashions with madras patterns, all paying tribute to our Creole heritage. On Creole Day, traditional creole clothing like the Wob Dwiyet is on full display everywhere you go — and especially during the Creole Day Parade in Roseau.

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Creole Day Parade in Roseau

 

Dominica’s National Wear

Dominica’s traditional National Wear includes a Wob Dwiyet for women and black pants, white shirt and red sash for men.

The Wob Dwiyet is a national symbol of Dominica. You can see it in all its glory during the Miss Wob Dwiyet Competition held every year during Independence.

Men also wear brightly coloured madras shirt jacks, waistcoats, or sashes when celebrating the Creole Season.

 


DID YOU KNOW?

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The traditional  Wob Dwiyet (“Grand Robe”) consists of mouchoir, foulard, jupe, chemise, and “jupon a dantell” complete with gold jewellery on arms, neck, ears and mouchoir.

Drawing and information from Dr. Lennox Honyhchurch – read more at  www.LennoxHonychurch.com


FÈT ANDÉPANDANS 2016 in Dominica

See Creole Wear on display at the many Creole pageants throughout our Independence Celebrations:

  • Ti Matador Creole Pageant – Thurs. Oct. 20th, 8pm at Arawak House of Culture
  • Madame Wob Dwiyet Pageant – Sat. Oct. 22nd, 4pm at Arawak House of Culture
  • Miss Wob Dwiyet Pageant – Thurs. Oct. 27th, 8pm at Old Mill Cultural Centre
  • Creole Dress Parade – Fri. Oct. 28th, 10 am in the Streets of Roseau

 

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For a more detailed description of tradition Creole dress, see avirtualDominica.com which

 

See all the post about our National Symbols here.

 

National Emblems Week: Dominica’s Flag

•October 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dominica’s National Emblems: Coat of Arms

 

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According to Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Dominica’s Coat of Arms was designed in 1960 by three people:

  • First Chief Minister of Dominica Franklin A. Baron
  • British Administrator of Dominica, Colonel Alec Lovelace
  • Eleanor Lovelace, wife of Colonel Alec Lovelace

In 1961, the Coat of Arms was registered at the College of Arms in London.  The Coat of Arms is to be displayed as follows:

“on Seals, Shields, Banners, Flags or otherwise according to the Laws of Arms”.

The shield is divided into 4 parts and shows:

  1. volcanic soil and a coconut tree
  2. the crapaud – (now an endangered species)
  3. a kalinago canoe with sails
  4. and a banana tree with mature fruit

The Motto is Apres Bondie C’est La Ter and it means “after God, the earth” which shows the significance of soil and agriculture in Dominica.


For more information about Dominica’s National Symbols and Independence Celebrations, see avirtualDominica.com

 

 
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