Traditions and culture
The population of Saint Barth remains very conservative, proud of its lineage. But don’t be fooled by false impressions: the inhabitants of Saint Barth seem reserved, yet are much friendlier than they appear.
Tradition is most important during important family events: births, baptisms, First Communion, engagements, marriages, or funerals.
During the 19th century, when the island lived its quiet little life, young men did not hesitate to court young women, but always discretely, as the eye of the watchful chaperone caught any signs of overdoing it.
Every joyous occasion was celebrated with a “ti-sec” shot of rum, a baked galette—the traditional St Barth bread, or a sweet potato pudding. Accordions, tambourines, and maracas were played and a neighborhood dance was quickly organized. Church mass, romantic marriages, and religious processions were occasions to wear your Sunday best or even put on a new outfit.