St. Martin: Events
What is happening in St. Martin:
The St. Martin year is marked by a number of festive events from Carnival and Calypso celebrations to International fishing tournaments and weekly street parties.
- New Year's Day - January 1 - Public holiday
- Carnival (mid to late February)
There is the Carnival competition and the Carnival Queen selection. The Carnival is accompanied by large parades of floats with musical playing, instruments and steelband music.
- Ash Wednesday
- Early Heineken Regatta - big sail boat race
- Mid-to-late Mi-Careme (Mid-Lent)
- Angers Annual Big fishing Tournament
The festival for Ash Wednesday has the people dressed in Black and White jump-ups and there is the burning of king Mou-Mou (Vaval). The night features the people parading with torches. The festival that takes place in Mid-Lent, there is a Red and Black festival. The red symbolizes the carnival spirit and the black symbolizes the mourning for the Lenten season.
This day is depicted by a display of historical documents with tour guides and photo competitions.
- Labour Day - May 1 - Public Holiday
- Celebration of the victory of World War II - May 8
- Ascension Thursday - 30 days after Easter - Public Holiday
- Mid-month International Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament
- End of the month Music and Cultural Festival
- Miss Hibiscus Competition - early in the month and features calypso music
- Bastille Day - July 14
- Schoelcher Day - July 21
- Cockfighting Season (through April)
- All Saints Day - Public Holiday - November 1
- Feast of St. Martin/ Concordia Day/ Armistice Day - November 11
- International Bicycle Race (mid-month race)
- Christmas Day - December 25
- Boxing Day - December 26