On November 3rd, 2020, the Commonwealth of Dominica celebrated its 42nd year of independence, commemorating when the nation declared its liberation from Britain on the same day in 1978.

In its annual celebration, the country honours its independence and unique creole heritage with a programme of traditional activities, all deeply enshrined in the island’s colourful cultural influences. Amidst the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, this year’s Independence Day had to take on a more subdued format with celebrations limited to the State House Conference Room.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stated on Twitter: “This year the celebrations are subdued due to the impact of COVID-19. However, there is also a much reason to celebrate as together we embrace new opportunities and approaches to National Development.”

Traditionally, Dominica’s anniversary of independence showcases a vibrant display of national music, dance, food, and culture. The festivities usually take on an exceptionally spirited theme with proud Dominicans suiting up in their traditional best and celebrating their national day with a sense of pride and patriotism.

A country steeped in history, heritage and hardship; Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493 while on his second voyage to the new world. Despite European influence, Dominica is one of the few Caribbean islands with a remaining native tribe, namely, the Kalinago Tribe.

For the next few centuries, the island nation was controlled by France and native populations before falling under British rule in 1783. In 1871, Dominica became a federal colony attached to the Leeward Islands, and in 1978, Dominica was granted independence from Britain.

In his national address, the much-loved Prime Minister proudly expressed that the Caribbean nation had come a long way over the past 42 years. As a testament to this, it now boasts a modern infrastructure, advanced telecommunications networks, some of the best housing in the Caribbean and a robust health care system.

Many of these strides in development are owed to the country’s flourishing CBI Programme that allows well-vetted investors and their families to contribute to a government fund or pre-approved real estate on the island in exchange for citizenship.

Well Wishes from Far and Wide

Tributes and congratulations poured in from across the world, including from India’s External Affairs Minister Jaishankar extending heartfelt salutations to the Commonwealth of Dominica and its people on the anniversary of its Independence

Similarly, His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik of Oman also sent his warmest compliments to the Caribbean country on this very auspicious day in remembrance of their liberation.