National Emblems Week: The Sisserou Parrot, Dominica’s National Bird

•October 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The National Bird of Dominica –  The Sisserou Parrot

The Sisserou, Amazona imperialis, is Dominica’s national bird and the larger of  the two endemic parrots in Dominica.Sisserou Parrot

These precious birds are found nowhere else in the world and are found only in the higher elevation rainforests around the Morne Diablotins and Morne Trois Pitons National Park here in Dominica.

Appearance: Males and females are almost identical in appearance, coloured with greens, purples, black and orange. Males tend to weight about 900g (32 oz) and females about 650 g (23 oz), and they average 20 inches in length.

Diet: These birds eat a variety of fruit, nuts and other local vegetation such as bromeliads and wild anthurium.

Character: Sisserou parrots are shy and generally travel solo or in pairs or trios. They live to about 70 years old.

Cultural Importance

The Sisserou is featured on

  • Dominica’s Flag
  • The Coat of Arms
  • The Parliamentary Mace



Sisserou Parrots mate for life! Once the Sisserou finds a partner, it remains with it until its death.



National Emblems Week: Dominica’s National Anthem

•October 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The National Anthem of Dominicanational_anthem_sheet_music

  • Music composed by L.M. Christian
  • Lyrics written by W. O. M. Pond

Dominica’s National Anthem was first written in 1965 as a National Song. It became the National Anthem in 1967 when Dominica achieved Associated Statehood status (1967 to 1978).

Our national anthem has a lovely melody and moving lyrics. When it is played, we stand to attention with hands (in closed fists) at our sides.

  • You can listen to Dominica’s National Anthem here.


Did you know?
It is such a delightful national anthem that it was named one of the top ten anthems among 205 countries competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics!


The National Anthem of Dominica has three stanzas. Here are the lyrics:

The National Anthem of Dominica

Isle of beauty, isle of splendour,
Isle to all so sweet and fair,
All must surely gaze in wonder
At thy gifts so rich and rare.
Rivers, valleys, hills and mountains,
All these gifts we do extol.
Healthy land, so like all fountains,
Giving cheer that warms the soul.

Dominica, God hath blest thee
With a clime benign and bright,
Pastures green and flowers of beauty
Filling all with pure delight,
And a people strong and healthy,
Full of godly, rev’rent fear.
May we ever seek to praise Thee
For these gifts so rich and rare.

Come ye forward, sons and daughters
Of this gem beyond compare.
Strive for honor, sons and daughters,
Do the right, be firm, be fair.
Toil with hearts and hands and voices.
We must prosper!
Sound the call, In which ev’ry one rejoices,
“All for Each and Each for All.


Read more about Dominica’s National Symbols at


National Emblems Week: Dominica’s Flag

•October 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Dominica’s National Emblems: the Flag of Dominica


No national symbol is more representative of its country than its Flag.

Dominica’s Flag was originally designed in 1978 by Alwin Bully, a playwright and artist, who is now a national icon himself.

The Flag of Dominica

Dr. Lennox Honychurch provides a brief description of the Dominica Flag:

“The flag has a green background representing the forested island. A cross, made up of three bands representing “the Trinity of God” is white, black and yellow in colour, and the cross itself “demonstrates belief in God”. According to the designer, Alwin Bully, the colours of each band represent aspects of the land and the ethnic origins of its people: the yellow for the sunshine, the main agricultural products of the island at the time, citrus and bananas and the indigenous Carib/Kalinago people, the black for the soil and the African heritage, the white for the rivers and waterfalls of the island and the European influence.”

Read more at www.Lennox

For more information about Dominica’s National Symbols and Emblems, visit


Dominica’s 2016 Independence Celebrations

Delices Cultural Group

Delices Cultural Group


Book Launch – “A Face in the River” by Kristine Simelda

•January 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The launch of “A Face in the River” — a Romance/Adventure novel by Kris Simelda — was held at Romance Cafe on Mero Beach this past Saturday, Jan 23rd, 2016. It was a wonderful celebration, featuring music by jazz musician Jussi Paavola, delicious refreshments, gorgeous weather, a reading by the author and the chance to purchase a signed copy of the book.

A Face in the River” is a novel about the adventures of a middle-aged American woman who moves to the Caribbean in search of ‘something more.’ What she finds surprises even her, and as you follow Krystal through the quagmire of life decisions and unexpected events, you get a feel for one woman’s struggle to live the dream of a Caribbean lifestyle while stretching across cultures and clashing with reality.

The book is well written and fast-paced, you will find yourself turning pages as quickly as you can.  But be careful, this novel is not for everyone! It’s full of adult humour, romance and sex; it’s a woman’s adventure novel, not for children.


For more information about the author, her books and short storeis, visit

You can purchase the paperback version of “A Face in the River” online at

Or visit Amazon for Kindle version or  paperback.

Dominica’s Carnival ~ Official Opening Parade & Ceremony for Mas Domnik 2016

•January 16, 2016 • 1 Comment

Today in Roseau, the streets were filled with the sights and sounds of Carnival as the Official Opening Parade kicked off at 3 pm.

Here are a few snaps to give you a taste of what’s to come for Dominica’s 2016 Carnival on February 8th and 9th.

Dominica’s Carnival is both unique & traditional.  Unique in that you can get up close to experience the excitement. Traditional in terms of the old time characters you see playing mas – from the traditional Sensays and Ban Mouve, to the Darkies and Bwa Bwa — the Afrikulture Stilt Walkers are a crowd favourite!



Learn more about Carnival

Carnival 2016 Press Release from DDA – January 14, 2016

•January 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Official Ceremony to Be Held at Windsor Park Sports Stadium


(L-R) Mrs. Kathleen Cuffy Jno.Jules, Product Promotions Manager at DDA; Mrs. Charlene White-Christian, Vice Chairperson of the Carnival Road Parade Committee; Mr. Valantine Cuffy, Carnival 2016 Promoter

Roseau, Dominica – January 14, 2016 The opening parade and official ceremony for Mas Domnik 2016 is expected to be filled with fun, color and vibrancy. The event kicks off this Saturday, January 16th 2016 from 3:00PM. Vice chairperson of the Carnival Road Parade Committee, Mrs. Charlene White-Christian, is pleading to spectators to remain on the sidewalks at all times, particularly during the parade of Bwa Bwa groups. This will not only aid in the prevention of safety mishaps but also promote the free flow of movement through the streets of Roseau. She strongly discourages the public from “cutting across streets or moving onto the [parade route] to take photos.”  Mrs. White-Christian also emphasized that there should be no “throwing of promotional items” from moving vehicles; instead designated persons should walk along the parade route to hand these items out.


Masqueraders at Mas Domnik 2015 Opening Parade; Photo Credit: DDA

A number of groups – advertising, traditional, community, pageantry and cheerleaders – have already registered for the upcoming parade. All groups wishing to participate are encouraged to contact Dominica Festival Committee (DFC) for registration by Friday, January 15th for the latest. Those wishing to bring their own music system are advised to inform DFC ahead of time so the necessary preparations can be made. Groups are expected to assemble on Victoria Street outside of the Roseau Public Library from 1:30PM. The route for the annual parade, which begins at 3:00PM, will begin on Victoria Street, then onto Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard followed by a right turn onto King George V Street, a left onto Great George Street, a right onto Kennedy Avenue, a left onto Bath Road, a right onto the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Link Road and finally culminating at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium for the opening ceremony. Advertising floats will not be allowed to enter the stadium. The official ceremony is a free and open event and all are invited to come and support Mas Domnik 2016 – The Real Mas.

Ms. Ferdina Frampton, FLOW’s Marketing & Communications Executive, reinstated her company’s role in sustaining Dominica’s culture by supporting various Carnival events and activities such as Calypso events, the Princess Show, Miss Teen Dominica Pageant, and various T-shirt and costume bands. Product Promotions Manager of Discover Dominica Authority, Mrs. Cuffy Jno.Jules, has urged the public to sponsor Carnival activities, whether in full or in part. Partial sponsorship can go towards part of major events, such as the National Carnival Queen pageant rounds. Potential sponsors are invited to join DDA, DFC, and private event organizers to make Mas Domnik 2016 a success.

Upcoming events this weekend include Showdown Mas Camp Calypso Tent, Stardom Tent, Pan in the Sand, Calypso semifinals and the Princess show. Visit for Mas Domnik’s full calendar of activities.

Read the full Carnival 2016 Press Release here

To learn more about Dominica’s Carnival or to Join a Carnival Band visit


Carnival Events in January




Climate Change Day of Action in Dominica

•December 3, 2015 • 2 Comments
Climate Change - Kids' Art

Dominica’s Climate Change Day of Action

On November 28th, 2015 Dominicans came together to recognise Climate Change as a critical issue and to discuss what can be done: “Effect the change before the change affects you!”

The event took place in the Roseau Botanic Gardens and participants included the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation, the Kalinago Community, Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, the Bishop of Roseau, Forestry Division, Solid Waste Management, the Dominica State College, the Catholic Church, and the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change.



Watch this video of the event by Link International :

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