Traditions & Customs
Like other place worldwide, St Helena has celebratory local events and festivities which has been handed down to us from generation to generation. Visitors to the Island are always welcomed to join in with any of the events and enjoy the company of Saints. So there is always a welcome anytime at any event!
News Day – 1 January is a Public Holiday and is mainly spent as family Day outings
Good Friday & Easter Weekend – Good Friday is brought on by the Maundy Thursday night fishing and fish fry. Weekend is spent by families camping out.
St Helena Day (21st May) – St Helena Day is a public holiday. It was on this day in 1502 that the island was discovered and so-named as it was the birthday of Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. Celebrations on this day take many forms such as district floats, Miss St Helena Contest combined with traditional sports and socializing.
Queens Birthday weekend (mid June) – The Queens Birthday weekend sees a Garden Party held at Plantation House (by invitation) and family get-togethers.
Bank Holiday (last Monday in August) – This bank holiday is traditionally marked with Scouts Sports Day in the Mule Yard and family outings.
Bi Annual Cancer Awareness Carnival – Held in October to raise funds for cancer patients.
Christmas Eve – Festive Street Parade are held together with a party night.
Christmas Day – Family get-together over traditional lunch.