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Move VG Easter Festival to Whit Weekend- Franka A. Pickering

A call that has been resonating with many on Virgin Gorda was sounded loud and clear by Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Honouree, Franka A. Pickering, who called for the VG Festival to be moved to Whit Weekend so as to stay clear of Holy Week. Photo: VINO/File
The call to shift the VG Easter Festival has been gaining popularity by many who are of the view that the festival celebrations trample on the sacred season of Easter. Photo: VINO
The call to shift the VG Easter Festival has been gaining popularity by many who are of the view that the festival celebrations trample on the sacred season of Easter. Photo: VINO
It was in April 2015 that prominent minister of the Gospel, Bishop John I. Cline labelled the Easter Festival celebrations on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as being unholy as he feels the events are in no way reflective of anything symbolic of the most holy week in the religious world. Photo: VINO/File
It was in April 2015 that prominent minister of the Gospel, Bishop John I. Cline labelled the Easter Festival celebrations on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as being unholy as he feels the events are in no way reflective of anything symbolic of the most holy week in the religious world. Photo: VINO/File
SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI- A call that has been resonating with many on Virgin Gorda was sounded loud and clear by Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Honouree, Franka A. Pickering, who called for the VG Festival to be moved to Whit Weekend so as to stay clear of Holy Week.

The call has been gaining popularity by many who are of the view that the festival celebrations trample on the sacred season of Easter.

“Let us move it from the holy week to Whit Weekend so that we can have some celebration. There is no reason why it can’t be changed. Government said it can be changed because it was not implemented by Government as you heard the Hon Dr O’Neal said it was his father who started the carnival because Virgin Gorda needed some life so he decided to do a carnival and it kept trickling down to Mr Flax and it now end up to be a big political festival where the Government is now assisting with it,” Pickering said during the opening of the Franka A. Pickering Festiville in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda on March 26, 2016.

Holy Week, which commemorates the Passion of Christ, usually begins on Palm Sunday and includes Holy Thursday 2016 and Good Friday 2016. Holy Week usually ends on Holy Saturday.

Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (also known as Monday of the Holy Spirit) is the holiday celebrated the day after Pentecost, a movable feast in the Christian calendar. It is movable because it is determined by the date of Easter.

VG Easter Festival was borne out of the church!

Earlier, Ninth District Representative Dr The Hon Hubert O’Neal said VG Easter Festival was started in the Anglican Church in the 1960’s by his mother, a community organiser, who got together some church ladies and started the Easter Festival.

He also said it was his father Hubert Robinson O’Neal who received all the credit but it was his mother who actually “did all the work.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn described Easter as a very sacred season in Christianity and said the VI is a God fearing community “and as a Territory we can never forget the God of our forefathers who we continue to serve.”

Hon Walwyn added that he supports Pickering’s call for the festival to be moved from the Holy Weekend. He reminded that it was since last year he had notified the public that it was a matter for the Virgin Gorda community to shift the celebrations.

“I would want to see a wider support for that and as Minister I would do all I can to make sure that what the Virgin Gorda community needs is what happens,” Hon Walwyn stated.

‘Nothing holy about VG Festival’- Bishop Cline

It was in April 2015 that prominent minister of the Gospel, Bishop John I. Cline labelled the Easter Festival celebrations on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as being unholy as he feels the events are in no way reflective of anything symbolic of the most holy week in the religious world.

"The only thing that I am put off with in the BVI is the whole carnival thing in Virgin Gorda, which in my estimation, is in no way holy," Bishop Cline had told this news site.

It is his contention that VG Easter Festival does not fit in with the Christian nature of the island of Virgin Gorda. "I don't think they should have moved in that direction to have such a festival or carnival on the Holy Week. I think that is so anti-religious and that I just can't get with," Mr Cline had said.

The pastor of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom on the main island of Tortola had added that to the best of his knowledge this issue has not been raised as one of concern with the people of the Virgin Gorda community but said he had in the past brought it up at the level of the Christian Council.

"I don't think it went anywhere but I think it's clear for all to see..."

And a caller to the Speak Your Mind show with Richard C. de Castro on September 5, 2015 on JTV Channel 55 had called on the church to discourage Easter Festival celebrations during Holy Week.

“I think it is time for all the pastors to come down from their ladder, come together and petition to the Minister for Culture to please ask the festival committee of VG to plan their activities for Whit [Monday] and not the Holy Week. God is not pleased at all with what is going on in the BVI.

“I think that is time that we shut up and come together and put this country back in order.”

The caller had said she was saddened to hear that there are young people who don’t know the significance of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

26 Responses to “Move VG Easter Festival to Whit Weekend- Franka A. Pickering”

  • @Franka (30/03/2016, 14:39) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    I support u 100%. Easter actually begins on the Sunday after Good Friday which we hold sacred, Saturday is also be held sacred as well. So the move will be quite appropriate. We must respect for the Holy Holidays.
    • Urgh (30/03/2016, 16:37) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      The final troupe had numerous girls simulating sex with each other - I am fairly open minded but is was disgusting and entirely inappropriate for Easter Sunday and a family event.
      • @Urgh. Shut 2Fup (31/03/2016, 03:42) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
        Stop FN complaining. OMG. Thats all you all come out to do..Maybe you all never see Festival or carnival no place else.. If you know how the troupe should behave put on your nice close you and your people and form a troupe and leas by example. Or shut to F up..
    • HAHA (30/03/2016, 21:34) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      @Franka! isn't this the same thing the Bishop said last year?????????????????? you agreeing with franka but cant agree with de bishop! haul yuh tail
  • Put move (30/03/2016, 15:44) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't just talk put move to implement.
  • Woman (30/03/2016, 16:04) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    move yourself
  • yes (30/03/2016, 16:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree as well
  • vg youth (30/03/2016, 16:31) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    I hope while all is trying to move the date of the festival they also look into moving the location of the festival that interferes with the progress of youth developments in all sports it is highly unfair every year the people responsible for these festivities have no consideration and respect for the youths that use this field everyday as oppose to those that come in for 1 week out of the year
    • um (30/03/2016, 20:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Have a seat!!
    • @vg youth. omg (31/03/2016, 03:48) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      Every youth all over the Caribbean look forward to their freedom celebration.. Hear you come talking nonsense.. Learn your history.. Festival and Carnival developed more youths than any other celebration. Festival or Carnival is when most visitors come to a country for fun. Thats where youth talent are seen. If you as a youth have talent different to music plan your event around festival so visitors can discover your talent..
      • Idiot (31/03/2016, 12:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Your comment has no merit the person said change location meaning not using the only recreation ground where the youths play sports soccer cricket track and field and so on you all keep coming here hiding behind these names thinking you all sounding intelligent when you all sound more like fools
      • Hmmm (04/04/2016, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What are you calling youth talent? A bunch of half naked children exposing their bodies and working up so awful. Is that talent ? come on man you know it's wrong those parent have to be a shame of them selves .

  • Know your Religious Holidays (30/03/2016, 17:57) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Whit is also a religious holiday. There is NO logic to this argument. What is the difference between Easter and Whit. Religion is Religion. Leave it where it is.
  • Mel (30/03/2016, 22:58) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    The only thing that matters is the coming of Christ !!! No amount of respect and disrespect of the Holy Holidays are gonna get you in the gates of Heaven !!!!
  • qc (30/03/2016, 23:16) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    always some non VG lady want make rules in VG
  • Useless Religion. (31/03/2016, 03:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Franka. Though I truly think that religion and their preachers are the biggest failure in our communities totally useless.. Only can pick on a few poor people but close their eyes when comes to rich and powerful. Its all about that collection, their pockets. However, For peace sake. We should move it to Whit Monday weekend.
  • Judge not. (31/03/2016, 03:52) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am a Rasta. Now tell me what makes Christian religion more righteous than my way of life Rasta.. Is it because its a story that was told by a white man and my story was told by a black man..time to respect the belief of all people..
  • What a shame (31/03/2016, 12:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Franka has been a very hardworker for the VG festival over the years. It is so sad to see that the year she is being honored turned out to be very disappointing. I came up from from St. Thomas and went to the Baths first, but I made Sure I was on the parade route to see her . Thanks to the few that put this together to acknowledge her. You Go Girl. Beautiful as Ever.
  • The Prophet (31/03/2016, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not often do I see eye to eye with the Bishop but on this occasion I support him 100%. What is being done in Virgin Gorda on the most Holy week of the year is despicable and repulsive. It is quite obvious why many of the locals and expatriates do not support Franka and this ill timed week of activities. This is bi and large a "Christian community" with a love and devotion for the one who watches over them. The Easter season is about the one who sacrificed His life so that we can once more have a relationship with our creator. There are those who fear neither God or man. If this is their life style, they will one day realize their mistake. Unfortunately to late will be their cry.
  • Trini (31/03/2016, 23:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They can give it another Monday then ?yes we sin but c'mon this day is 2 holy and scared for this festival .. I drink all year round but don't on those days (no its not getting me to heaven ) but respect ...I use to go to it then I stop attending when I really thought about it ....
  • Virgin Gordian (01/04/2016, 13:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a Virgin Gordian I fully agree that the festival should be moved to Whit weekend.
  • Agree (05/04/2016, 16:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have been saying that for years, it will be a good move.
  • Me (05/04/2016, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vg doesn't need a festival with the same intent of August festival! Waste of money


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