1st of July 1967 the Caribbean exotic islands, The British Virgin Islands, celebrate their National Day known as Territory Day. The story of the Islands began when Christopher Columbus sighted this group of islands in 1943 during his second voyage to the Americas. Columbus then named them after Saint Ursula and her 11,000 Virgins, shortened to Las Vírgenes (The Virgins). Although the Spanish Empire claimed the islands by discovery, the empire never settled in them.
The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago; the remaining islands constitute the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. The official name of the Territory is still simply the "Virgin Islands", but the prefix "British" is often used to distinguish it from the neighbouring American territory which changed its name from the "Danish West Indies" to "Virgin Islands of the United States". Territory Day for the British Virgin Islands is a day to celebrate being a British overseas territory. In the Caribbean today, voices of allegiance to the UK are heard.
Territory Day Celebrations and Customs:
The day is kept by patriotic speech-giving, musical concerts, and various festivities that occur all across the islands. It is about more than the historic reason for the holiday, nowadays. It is a matter of territorial pride in being a BVI citizen. The celebration of Territory Day provides an opportunity for Virgin Islanders to develop a sense of national pride. The ceremony signaling the start of the holiday begins with the inspection of the guards by the Governor and the Chief Minister. There are also musical selections by various schools.
A shift to remember:
From the 1960s onwards, the islands have slowly switched from an agriculture-based economy towards tourism and financial services. The British Virgin Island has transformed into one of the wealthiest areas in the Caribbean. The "four pillars" of the economy are tourism, financial services, agriculture and fishing. Politically, tourism is the most important of the four, as it employs a greater number of people within the Territory, and a larger proportion of the businesses in the tourist industry are locally owned.
IFPLS is pleased to share the joy and happiness of the British Virgin Islands Territory Day. On this occasion, we would like to offer our services in the territory.
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IFPLS would like to wish a happy national day for our partners in British Virgin islands