With Saba Day celebrations just days away, I have taken note of the program line up.
How sad it is that the entire weekend activities do no have not even one single cultural event on it. For those of you who kept informed or even went to Statia for their celebrations, you could see many cultural activities that were displayed.
I had the opportunity to attend Bonaire Day both this year and last year and what a pleasure to witness a lot of folkloric events and cultural things.
Sadly, here in Saba, people just have Saba Day as a 3 day carnival celebrated in the month of December. This is just to encourage our youngsters to drink. I ask myself for whose benefit is this, that Saba Day will be celebrated every night with a different band from oversees and not a single cultural show? Don’t tell me that games and target shooting are a form of a cultural event, because it is not.
Where are the days that we used to have events such as the egg in the spoon, jumping in the bag, the greasy pig, and I can go on and on. Saba your culture is no longer! and I blame our government for this.
Commissioner of Culture how can you allow the beauty of Saba Day in its entirety to dwindle away. Its not carnival! carnival was in July! This is our national day. Again I ask the question: for whose benefit is this? Who is trying to score with having Saba Day duplicated in carnival.
Saba people I encourage you all to demand back the culture in Saba Day.
(Name withheld on request)