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Good Bye September, Welcome October

As we say goodbye to September, we turn our heads to October and with arms wide open we say, “Welcome October!” excited as kids eager to see what’s in the goody bag. Well let’s burst it open shall we? First up, October is celebrated worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in St. Kitts & Nevis we are no exception. There are a number of groups actively involved in the awareness promotion and assist persons with this disease. Reach for Recovery SKB Breast Cancer Support Group, Essence of Hope, Pink Lily and St. Kitts and Nevis Breast Cancer Foundation. We look forward to your activities.

breast cancer logo

Secondly, October is also recognized as Financial Information Month throughout the region and is an initiative spearheaded by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Each year in October, the ECCB and other partner institutions implement projects to educate communities about making good financial decisions.  This year the theme is L.E.A.D (Learn Empower Achieve Develop), among the number of events will be a Business Symposium and Innovation Forum on Thursday 8th October at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium. Additionally, there will be a sports meet on Saturday 10th October at the Lime Sporting Grounds. Talk about making finances fun, right?

Financial Information month 2015 LEAD             Financial Information month 2015 sport event

 

Last, but not least, we have the ever exciting Latin Festival set to take place from the 19th – 25th October 2015. Come discover your Latin side! A week of activities includes of arts, dance, film, music, and it all leads up to the grand event on 25th October. This grand finale will be an evening showcasing the multi-cultural relationship between St. Kitts & Nevis, and the Latin American countries. Now in its 6th year, Latin Festival has grown to become a part of our annual celebrations, one which has experienced considerable growth with each year. I have personally attended that past fiestas and I look forward to what see excitement this year brings, Arriba!!!

Latin Fest

 

 

 

Latin Fest Cover  Latin Fest Lineup

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Mangoes!

When you think of the Caribbean, you will probably fantasize about the exotic women, beautiful beaches and the fruits of its labor… (Literally). Our sweet, juicy treasures are always a symbol for the Caribbean- whether it’s pineapples, coconuts, or MANGOES.

Manngo.

Yes. Sweet, sweet mangoes. What better time to talk about mangoes than mango month? These delectable golden fruits are one of the many jewels in our federation but did you know that there isn’t just one type of mango? (If you didn’t know just keep that thought to yourself.) There are actually over 400 different varieties of mangoes, but in St. Kitts and Nevis, these are the main ones that should be on your mind- Polly, Grafted and Nevis Mangoes.

Mango

Polly mangoes are one of the smaller mangoes and they tend to get stuck in your teeth, but does that stop us from eating them? Heavens no! For some reason, we go through the torture of pulling the remains from the crevices of our teeth because, well… they’re just that darn good!

polly

Grafted Mangoes are much larger in size and the aromatic smell basically scents the whole room. With all of the sniffing you’ll be doing, you’ll swear you were in a Free-breeze commercial. Grafted Mangoes are also one of the messier mangoes, but that’s one of the reasons why we love them!
Grafted

Even though St. Kitts has the title “Sweet Sugar City”, Kittitians themselves, along with Nevisians, swear that Nevis has THE BEST mangoes. Period. They’re just sooo sweet and juicy! However, some debate that Rosy cheek mangoes should hold the title as “The Best Mangoes” for the same reason, but these are just mere preferences. Why don’t you be the judge? Come on down to St. Kitts and Nevis and experience them all for yourself.

Nevis

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