Roseau, Dominica: The Commonwealth of Dominica celebrated the 44th anniversary of its Independence on November 3, 2022, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium. The country celebrated 44 years of culture, heritage, and independence under the theme “One Dominica, One People, One Vision.”
Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, took to social media and shared glimpses of the celebration. He stated, “As we wind down our celebrations of Dominica’s 44th Anniversary of Independence, here’s a look at the highlights of the National Day Observance Ceremony held on November 3 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.”
According to one of the Facebook users Lennox Honychurch, Dominica always does things a bit differently. So, Independence Day is on the same date as when the island was sighted by a mix of 1,500 Spanish and Italian sailors and settlers on 17 ships coming in across the Atlantic Ocean on November 3 1493, some 529 years ago today.
The ships sailed by and did not land because of the rugged east coast, but the island was renamed from the indigenous Wai’tukubuli, to Dies Dominica, “The Day of Our Lord” in Latin because it was a Sunday.
During the colonial period the day was observed as “Discovery Day” and in 1932 it was made a public holiday. In 1965 it was first celebrated as National Day and when the island gained internal self-government in 1967 celebrations and observance of the day was intensified.
When the island moved to independence as a Republic in 1978, the new nation, with its new flag, was also launched on November 3. An additional holiday, November 4, was added in 1979 as Community Day of Service.
In the highlights shared by PM Skerrit, it could be seen that he and his family, consisting of Melissa Poponne Skerrit, have enjoyed a lot with the Dominicans. Various activities have been performed during and throughout the month of October in the wake of the Independence day celebration.