St Helena Day, 21st May, is a public holiday and is celebrated by all. 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 and are usually held at the one location so it is a good way of experiencing a taste of our culture. Festive seasons such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated in a very unique way. Christmas Eve is seen as a huge party night and includes ‘dancing down the street’ (festive street parade) from the top of Jamestown to Market Street. The traditional Christmas day lunch/dinner takes place and there are ‘house crawls’ (normally in Jamestown) where groups of friends and family visit each other’s house to wish them a Merry Christmas and to have few laughs,drinks and maybe sing a song or two…so expect to hear a lot of merry-making in the street on this day!