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Saint Martin Festivals

Saint Martin Festivals

Carnival is held pre-Lent and most of the events are on the waterfront in Marigot. It is not as big and grandiose as on the Dutch side, where carnival is held a few weeks later, but there are calypso and beauty contests and a Grand Parade.

Bastille Day (14 July) has live music, jump-ups and boat races; the celebrations move to Grand Case the weekend after (more fun) for Schoelcher Day on 21 July.

In Grand Case on New Year’s Day there is a small parade with live music, while at Easter another parade is held with a lot of dancing.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day;
  • Easter Sunday;
  • Easter Monday;
  • Labour Day on 1 May;
  • Ascension Day;
  • Whit Monday; 8 May
  • VE Day; 27 May
  • Slavery Abolition Day;
  • National/Bastille Day on 14 July;
  • Schoelcher Day on 21 July;
  • Assumption Day in August;
  • All Saints Day on 1 November;
  • All Souls Day on 2 November
  • Armistice Day on 11 November and
  • Christmas Day.

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