Feast of Saint Martin: the festivities organized in Sint Maarten


Every November 11, the two parts of the island celebrate the feast of Saint Martin. This year, the Dutch side is hosting the festivities. To underline the discovery of the island by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the population is invited to participate in the various activities, in the presence of official delegations.

The first ceremony will take place tomorrow, at 8 a.m., on the border between Bellevue and Cole Bay. Representatives from both sides of the island will then go, at 9 a.m., to the Methodist church in Philipsburg, then to Longwall road for the launch of the parade at 10 a.m. The troops will march on Frontstreet, towards the Festival Village. At 11am, it will be the turn of the official speeches at the Courthouse. From noon, make way for sports and cultural activities in Labega Square, on the Boardwalk and at the Festival Village where a domino competition will take place. At 14 p.m., another competition, this time of kites, will take place next to the baseball league park. The organizers then planned a cultural parade at 15 p.m. which will leave from Emmaplein, towards the Festival Village. The festivities will end at 20:30 p.m. with fireworks at the Festival Village.

Aline Hanson school represented in the relay race

Located at Sandy Ground, the Aline Hanson school is one of the schools in the Unesco network. On the occasion of the island's national holiday, the teachers decided to wet the jersey by participating in the new edition of “St. Martin's Day Around the Island Relay Race ”. “We will run for the students to represent the school. Our team, made up of ten teachers, is motivated to tour the island. We started training at the start of the year because each teacher will have to run three kilometers. We are not top athletes, but we have this desire to represent our establishment. There will be almost 80 teams taking part in this very popular race on the Dutch side, ”explains Donovan Soudiagom, CM2 teacher. The departure will take place at 7 am at the roundabout of the Raoul Illidge stadium.

Commemoration of the 1918 armistice

The commemoration of the 97th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War is being held today, at 17 p.m., at the war memorial in the garden of the Collectivity.

Established by the law of October 24, 1922, this day also pays tribute to all the dead for France.

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