St Helena Day celebrations

The island of Saint Helena celebrates Saint Helena Day today with a public holiday and lots of events. This is the day in 1502 that Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova is traditionally thought to have discovered the island. As 21 May is the feast day of Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, he named the island after that saint.

The celebrations begin at 10 o’clock this morning in Jamestown with a parade from Saint Helena’s main tourist office through Main Street and down to the sea and culminate in a fireworks display this evening.




For further information about St Helena, our specialist guided tours to the island in November and January and for tailor-made arrangements, please take a look at our dedicated website: