The event hosted by St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from October 17-18, will seek further strengthen the cultural and political relationship between the two territories.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, stated, “Each year the Virgin Islands looks forward to this annual event which celebrates our common strengths and unique ties. This year will be especially significant as this is Governor de Jongh’s final year hosting; and I look forward to their cultural presentations and the walking tour of historic down town Charlotte Amalie.”
This year’s BVI-USVI Friendship Day celebration is expected to showcase the culture of the Territories with old time desserts like specials, jawbone candy, coconut cakes, tarts and the like.
The celebrations will begin on Friday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. with fast pitch softball games p
itting the best from the BVI against the best from the USVI at the Emile Griffith ballpark.
On Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a breakfast and a special cultural presentation in the heart of the historic district of Downtown Charlotte Amalie.
Last year the BVI hosted in Virgin Gorda under the theme: Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship: Embracing our Shared Heritage, Fostering Deeper Ties for the Future”. In 2012, the USVI hosted Friendship Day in St. John under the theme “Celebrating Our Roots, Heritage and Culture”.
BVI-USVI Friendship Day has been celebrated since 1972 as an opportunity for our Governments and the entire Virgin Islands community to appreciate and reflect on the close ties which bind the neighbouring Territories and its people.
The observance was designed to strengthen and build upon that bond of friendship, highlighting the commonalities, the shared history and the shared culture of Virgin Islanders.