Here is what you need to know about Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago:
The colorful carnival of Trinidad is considered as the second largest of the world after the one in Rio de Janeiro. The greatest show on earth, according to Trinidadians, the largest festival in Trinidad and Tobago , an enormous, multicolored and rushing celebration, which takes days or even weeks is committed with music, dance, singing and costume precessions accompanied by competitions.
One of the best and reknown festival from the Caribbean. Unique experience where celebration and soca/calypso music are dominant.
Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the follower of the Catholic religion in Italy started the tradition of holding a wild costume festival right before the first day of Lent. Because Catholics are not supposed to eat meat during Lent, they called their festival, carnevale – which means to put away the meat.
How to celebrate
Carnival is celebrated exuberantly with parades, floats, costumes, music and dancing in the streets.
Mass, bands, soca, calypso and steel pan.
Carnival is a holiday season always the week before lent, on the Sunday, Monday Tuesday and Ashes Wednesday with Dimanche Gras, J’Ouvert and Mas.
J’ouvert , “Goodby to the Flesh”,takes place before the Monday before Ash Wednesday. Participants dress in old clothes and cover themselves in mud, old paint and body paint. A common character to be seen at this time is “Jab-Jabs” compete with pitch fork, pointed horns and tails. A king and queen of the J’ouvert are chosen, based on their representation of current political/social event/issues.
Carnival Monday involves the parade of the mass bands, but on a casual or relaxed scale. Usually participants wear only parts of their costumes, and the purpose of the day is more one of fun than display or competition. Monday night mass is popular in most towns and especially the capital, where smaller bands participate in competition.
Carnival Tuesday is when the main events of the carnival take place. On this day full costume is worn complete with makeup and body paints/adornments. Each band has their costume presentation based on a particular theme, and contains various sections which reflect themes. The streets parade and eventual crowning of the best bands take place. Also taking place of this day, the crowning of the Road March king or queen, where the singer of the most played song over the two days of the carnival crowned winner, complete with prize money and usually a vehicle.
Ash Wednesday is marked by most by visiting the beaches that abound both Trinidad and Tobago. The most populated being Maracas beach and Manzanilla beach, where huge beach parties take place every Ash Wednesday.
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