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Colors of Saint Martin - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Saint-Martin St. Maartin is a unique island in relation to cultural traditions; its calendar is full of original celebrations. The area of the island is divided into two parts, French and Dutch, so every year locals celebrate national holidays of these countries. Tourists have a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with traditions of local people and to see an active influence of Holland and France on culture formation.
St. Maarten is the smallest island among the Caribbean Sea islands. Its territory is divided into two parts. One part belongs to the Netherlands, while the other one is owned by France. … Open
Two of the most vibrant carnivals are devoted to cultures of these countries; tourists who visit the island in February will be able to participate in the French carnival. It is held in final week before Lent. Enchanting parades are main features of the festival. Responsible local residents are preparing all year long to participate in them, coming up with original sketches of costumes and making up a program of performances.
Participants of the festival are offered to attend colorful music and dance performances, as well as devote time to a variety of entertainment. A much longer and more amazing is the Holland Festival, which is celebrated in honor of the birth of Queen of the Netherlands. Festival lasts for 17 days and is accompanied by an abundance of unique rituals. Copyright
The gastronomic capital of the picturesque island is the city of Grand Case. This is where popular national restaurants and colorful bars are located. Local cuisine is a harmonious blend of … Open
An integral part of the festival is competitions, which brings together the best performers of calypso. Winning the competition is very honorable, so competitors prepare for it with full responsibility. As part of the Holland Festival the island also hosts colorful street parades and concerts; the symbolic burning of straw statue completes the festival.
Saint Martin Statue symbolizes the image of King Momo; it is believed that after the burning of statue supreme forces grant absolution and bestow good luck for the whole next year. Locals also celebrate the festival dedicated to the unity of two cultures; it is called the Day of Concord. Celebrated it in November, the Day of Concord is one of the most soulful and favorite holidays of locals. Beautiful holidays, island lifestyle that is unusual for bustling resorts and welcoming atmosphere make St. Maartin one of the most popular resorts in the world.
Travelers who have enough of time are sure to visit all regions and cities of the island. There are amazing objects in each of them. Marigot is the French capital of the island and the … Open
Sint Maarten, being the most real paradise on Earth, can present its guests with other beautiful festivals. One of such events is the SXM Festival, which is one of the most popular electronic music festivals in the Caribbean region. None of the visitors can complain of boredom, because there are teams and DJs, that perform here and the entertainment of clubbers is their priority. The terrain could not be more suitable for incendiary parties – these are, of course, the magnificent beaches of the blissful island, where you can dance until the morning (at several sites of the island) and enjoy great cocktails. This can be done in mid-March. In addition to the musical component, visitors to the festival will be able to appreciate stunning art installations, laying further emphasis on the fact that the island is truly Eden.
Great gastronomic festivals are also held in Sint Maarten. Among them is the event Les Mardis de Grand Case. Despite the fact that the independence of the Antilles was obtained back in 1833, the Islanders are very proud of their culture. The colonial countries had a great influence on this – the locals are reminded of this by the city of Grand Kaz (French part of the island) at the end of July. During the celebration, a fair is opened, where you can purchase farm products, as well as works of art. The fest is held in the central streets of the resort town.
The vast majority of travelers are attracted to the island by beautiful beaches that are well-equipped for a variety of water sports. There are 37 beaches on the island, so it’s easy … Open
On the 11th of November, islanders make merry everywhere – the fact is that it is on this day that travelers headed by Christopher Columbus, set foot on the paradise land of Sint Maarten. The holiday in honor of the discovery of the island is celebrated with bright festivities and processions. The most interesting events take place in large resorts. In November, an interesting gastronomic event called Flavors of Sint Maarten Food & Wine Festival also takes place in Philipsburg. During the fest, chefs from all over the island present their best delights, all so that visitors can appreciate the great taste of local cuisine. Venues for the festival include large restaurants in the coastal region of the capital of the Dutch part of Sint Maarten.
The “traveling” carnival, Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival, is held annually in various regions of the Caribbean. Its program includes bright events: “blind” competition for the best rum and beer (CAB Taste Contest) which is assessed by a jury from European countries, and the competition of bartenders (Rum Cocktail Wars) that is always accompanied by a spectacular performance. Visitors to the festival will be able to try drinks and taste snacks presented them and choose the best option for them, as well as learn a lot about how to choose the right rum or beer. In addition, chefs conduct master classes on the production of rum and dishes from it, as well as beer. Also on the list of events are music concerts and dance performances, and a fair where hand-made products are sold. You can purchase unique things.
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National traditions of Netherlands Antilles

In general, it can be noted that the Antilles can be called a truly international place. Many people, despite their origin, were able to create a full-fledged society with its own traditions and history. No other place in the world can boast that. Locals are calm and kind people who are equally friendly both to their old neighbor and to the person they see for the first time. It is important to remember that that’s not only a resort, but a full-fledged state with its own norms and rules. If you walk around the city in beach clothes, the locals will pay oblique glances, and no decent place will let you in. On the northern islands, then such behavior will generally be regarded as an insult. If you go somewhere except the beach, choose conservative closes. Of course, there are no strict rules here, and foreigners generally don’t need to know about these peculiarities. However, if you want to rest without any problems, it's better to be prepared. … Open
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