January 22 – St. Vincent's Day in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Posted on January 22, 2017

Tomatoes fly today, in Valencia, Spain, because it is St. Vincent's Day.

But what about St. Vincent Island, in the Caribbean. Do the people of St. Vincent celebrate the day?

On this date in 1498, Christopher Columbus and his men became the first Europeans to see this island. In honor of the “discovery,” there are some parades, performances of music and dance, and special church services.

You have probably already guessed that the island St. Vincent got its name because Columbus, a Catholic, discovered it on the Catholic Feast Day of Saint Vincent.

St. Vincent is the largest island in the nation. It is rugged and volcanic, and the highest peak is a volcano that is still active!

Check out these photos of Mt. Soufriere when it erupted in 1979!

The Grenadines include around 30 main islands and more than 600 rocky islets. All of these islands are low-lying, and they are all ringed with coral reefs.

To learn more about St. Vincent and the Grenadines, check out this earlier post

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