Dominica will be recognizing International World Water Day on March 22nd 2018 under the theme ‘The Nature of Water’.
Chairperson of the World Rivers Day Committee, Father Franklin Cuffy in an interview with Vibes News on Wednesday 14 March 2018, stated that they will also take this opportunity to launch Faith Tourism on the island.
“We are also taking this opportunity to launch ‘Faith Tourism’ which started a couple years ago in collaboration with the Fort Young Hotel but because of Tropical Storm Erika, we had to halt the activity. So this year on the 25th of March in Hampstead at 11 am, we will have Holy Mass, followed by the blessing of the Water and after that solidarity messages,” Father Cuffy stated.
Faith Tourism he said is practiced in other parts of the world but can be very pricy especially for persons coming from the region. Therefore bringing Faith Tourism to Dominica will encourage more persons from the region to take part.
“I got inspiration while in Jerusalem that annually we could meet together somewhere in the Caribbean as a faith people. We have our churches, visitors, religious sites, we have Morne Bruce and the Good Friday activities. We have so much that we can offer as a people of faith. So a lot of excitement is being built. It has been discussed with the Tourism sector, and they thought it was a good initiative and they are willing to work with us jointly, not only for something for the church but for something that could be very significant for us here in the Caribbean,” he noted.
Meanwhile International World Water Day this year’s celebration will be organized by DOWASCO. Father Cuffy said he is happy DOWASCO will once again spearhead the activities of the day.
Father Cuffy went on to say that a special focus will be focused on the Blessings of the Water Day, where various groups will be invited to participate in the ritual.
“This year, there will be an emphasis on the Blessing of the Water Day. This is going to be an international occasion. Here in Dominica on Sunday the 25th, which will be Holy Week, we are inviting the whole nation to join us at Hampstead, where we will have our river blessing ritual. There will also be a special Kalinago blessing for the occasion and we will also be inviting other groups including the Rastafarians and the Muslims,” Cuffy went on to note.
He added that they aim to get citizens to once again love and take care of our water bodies specifically our rivers.
“Especially now after Hurricane Maria, I would like us to have a campaign to encourage our people to love our rivers. Not only like but love our rivers. I think we need to create that spirit, where we not only use the rivers but to love and take care of it. And I really think that this might just help our people to love our rivers again,” Father Cuffy said.