Supplication and Thanksgiving
Hurricanes- or the desire to ward them off- have spawned two important holidays in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The fourth Monday in July is the day set aside to pray to the powers that be for protection from hurricanes.
The official Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico hurricane season starts on June 1, and ends on November 30 .
If it’s a quiet hurricane season, and even if it’s not, every October, since 1726, the Virgin Islands celebrates Hurricane Thanksgiving Day, offering thanks for protection during the season. Islanders observe the end of the hurricane season on Hurricane Thanksgiving Day, on the third Monday of October.
The event had been losing its significance but was revived after the devastating Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn in 1995.
The holidays are observed in St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.