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November 2, 2012

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is Deeply Rooted in Island’s Tradition, by Aziza Kendrick

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an island country located in the southern Caribbean. Carnival is by far its most-widely celebrated and recognized cultural tradition.

Exhaustive preparations are made months in advance of the actual events, which take place on the Monday and Tuesday before Lent. Among Carnival’s variety of attractions is calypso and soca music, ornate and brightly colored costumes, stick fights, limbo, and more.

Carnival, celebrated in nations around the world, was imported to Trinidad and Tobago during the French Revolution in the late 18th century when an influx of French agriculturalists, laborers, and slaves immigrated to the nation. After establishing their own community, the French immigrants continued their cultural traditions as in their native land, including Carnival. Excluded from the events, the slaves and servants held their own concurrent celebration called Canboulay.

Though Canboulay was originally established in imitation of the French Carnival, its participants imported their own traditions, such as stick fights and percussive music. This festival marks the roots of the Carnival currently celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago.

Aziza Kendrick has visited and participated in cultural events in several countries around the world, including Italy, Greece, and Trinidad and Tobago.