Taiwan Gives EC$310,000 for Festival of Lights
The City of Castries will be having its annual Festival of Lights come December 12, thanks in part to the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Taiwan’s Ambassador to St. Lucia Douglas Shen today handed Castries Mayor Peterson Francis a cheque for EC$310,000 to go towards the event.
The event, held every December 12, officially marks the start of the Christmas season for St. Lucians who attend in their thousands.
The festival, like in years past, will include fireworks, cultural dances, songs and thousands of lights. The festival is held in honour of St. Lucy, the patron saint of light and symbolizes the defeat of light over darkness and the renewal of hope.
Ambassador Shen expressed his country’s delight in being able to assist in the event by way of the cheque.
“In Taiwanese culture light is the symbol of warmth and hope and just like St. Lucia we also have the lantern festival over the Lunar New Year. I hope our donation goes a long way in making the Castries festival a memorable and fulfilling experience,” he said.
Francis thanked the ambassador for the donation and assured him that the money will be put to good use, adding that the donation was another sign of the deep friendship between the two countries.