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Happy 31st Birthday, Dominica!

Thirty-one years as an Independent nation may be considered as an insignificant stage in the life of any nation, but by this period we should have develop a basic concept as to the general direction in which we want to go as an island nation. We have not.

Today, as we celebrate the 31st anniversary of independence, we need to ask ourselves whether we have made the best use of political self-governance or whether we’ve squandered it? And if we’re to survive the next 31 years and beyond, our leaders must create a more vibrant economy. We need to also take advantage of the fact that our nature island has unique natural features which are in great demand worldwide and we need to come-up with new cost-effective ways to market that image.

Besides the fact we’ve occasionally slid and stumble along the path to development, Dominica is still one of the most peaceful countries in the world and one of the most naturally beautiful. Whether you believe it or not, we Dominicans enjoy a quality of life that is envy of many countries in the world.

Let’s use this 31st Independence anniversary as an opportunity to give thank to the Almighty for the blessings He has bestowed upon our land.

Finally, we at Dominica Weekly would like to extend happy 31st Independence greetings and best wishes to all Dominicans everywhere.

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Vendor at Market day with a Difference

Dominica is blessed with an abundance of foods that everyone will enjoy. Thanks to its rich fertile soil and temperate climate, many types of produce grow very easily here – for example:Citrus fruits, coconuts, bananas, coffee, cocoa, spices and many others. All thanks to the local farmers and markets vendors.

That’s why, to highlights the farmers and vendors contributions to the national development, “Market Day with a Difference” is observed on the last Saturday in October at the Roseau Market and markets around the island.

This years Market Day with a Difference was filled with excitement and beautiful colours. Many of the farmers/vendors came out dressed in their National “Creole” Wear, while showcasing the variety of produce (Organic or Non-Organic) Dominica has to offer.

Here are some scenes taken from Market Day with a Difference 2009 at the Roseau Market…Enjoy!

scenes from the Roseau Market in Dominica

plantains

 roast breadfruit

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 Dominica independence opening celebration 2008

Did you guys had the opportunity to watch or listen live online to our nature island greatest independence opening show ever at the Windsor Park Stadium. Mann!!! That’s the first time have seen so many Dominicans coming together to celebrate one common cause – making Dominica’s 30 years of Independence grand opening ceremony one most amazing opening ceremony I have every seen! Dominicans definitely went all out for this Reunion Independence coming out party. They have set the bar so high that I can’t to see what will happen when it’s time to celebrate 40 years of Independence.

If you were unable to be at the Windsor Park Stadium to watch the opening ceremony, there should be an encore sometime tomorrow or next week by the local television networks. It’s definitely worth watching. If you reside out of Dominica, here are some of photos from the Independence opening ceremony. Enjoy!

photo of creole dancers at Dominica's reunion independence opening ceremony 2008

sisserou dance company dancers at the 2008 independence opening ceremony at the windsor park stadium

traditional carnival costume display at the 2008 independence opening ceremony

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