INTRO TO COUNTRY
The island nation of Grenada is situated in the West Indies, and its three largest islands are Grenada, Petite Martinique, and Carriacou Island. Altogether, these islands represent the Windward Islands’ southern end. Historically, Grenada used to be colonized by both the French and British. Due to this, some European influences still remain to be seen in Grenada's culture, place names, and architecture. On the other hand, the festivals, the dances, and the music that Grenada celebrates, are heavily influenced by African heritage.
Population: 113,570 (estimated in July 2021)
Capital: Saint George's
Continent: North America
Official Religion: Protestant (49.2%), Roman Catholic (36%)
Government Type: Commonwealth: democratic parliamentary government under constitutional monarchy
In addition to boat launching events and traditional weddings, there are several cultural events and memorable celebrations to witness in Grenada, including Fisherman Birthday Celebrations, Big Drum Nation Dances, and Shakespeare Mas. People on the island of Carriacou take pride in the tradition of boat building and boat launching. Oil Down, a wholesome meal made from breadfruit, coconut milk, salted beef, taro leaves, and dumplings, is the country's national dish.
Due to Grenada's African roots, one of its most significant traditions is storytelling. Folktales and legends are common here and are passed from generation to generation orally. In terms of literature, F.M. Coard, an English dialect poet,and Ricardo Keens-Douglas are the most celebrated literary works from Grenada.
Grenada was spared much of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the government's quick response to the rising situation. But it couldn’t stop the epidemic from ruining its economy. The Caribbean nation has a huge debt and is struggling to get back on track, due to the COVID situation.