Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2018 - Page 324

GUADELOUPE POPULATION SIZE 403,750 (2014) 1,628 sq. kilometers OFFICIAL LANGUAGE CAPITAL CITY French CURRENCY Euro (1 US dollar equals 0.897 Euros) Events JULY Gwo-Ka Festival This festival is one of the major cultural events in Guadeloupe Islands where the island’s traditional heritage is visited with music. The Gwo-Ka (set drums and its music) is an integral apsect of Guadeloupe’s folk music renditions. Basse-Terre AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 270 C / 810 F JULY All Day in Music Festival 12 hours of non-stop music from international and local DJs. A highly anticipated electro/Caribbean summer music event. www.alldayinmusicfestival.com JULY International Zouk Festival AUGUST Festival of Female Cooks Every August, for almost a century, Guadeloupe Islands have been honoring and celebrating female chefs who aer considered to be the bastions of Creole culinary traditions and are known as known as “Professionals of the Mouth.”. Dressed in their traditional chef clothing with headscarves and aprons embroidered with their emblem, they visit the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul to have baskets of food, flowers and cooking utensils blessed by the clergy. Afterwards they walk through the town to a large appreciative celebration of dancing and dining. Photo Credit: Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board