Get ready for a good time in Montserrat this Christmas holiday as the gorgeous Caribbean island gets set to celebrate its 50th Montserrat Festival.
It’s called Montserrat Festival 50 and islanders are hoping that it invites in many new visitors, as well as a ushering in a great homecoming, welcoming home many of Montserrat’s own who have gone to live in other places.
Montserrat Festival 50 runs from December 14th, 2012 to January 2, 2013, fifty years after the cultural celebration got its start in 1962. The highlight will of course be the traditional St. John’s Day village festival held on December 27th, and its many musicians and masqueraders.
There are also all kinds of other activities, both for islanders and for people visiting for the very first time. You can sign up for a workshop to learn to make the national dish of goat water stew and stone oven bread. You can take part in calypso competitions, village meet ups, parades, and even a national cake and wine show.
Another festival highlight will be the 50th Gala to honor pageant queens and calypso kings and queens.
On New Year’s Day, the entire island will be rich with the sounds of mas bands, with more than 15 groups already registered to perform. Some are even coming from as far away as the United States.
Whether Montserrat is your favorite place to vacation, or it will be your first time getting to know this unique and vibrant Caribbean island; consider booking a Montserrat villa soon to be a part of Montserrat Festival 50.
Accommodations will be tight across the island as thousands of people make the journey home to celebrate their history, culture and heritage, so arranging your villa Montserrat early is a great way to make sure you can be a part of this incredible Caribbean celebration.