Trinidad and Tobago's carnival is a beautiful yearly expression of unity and cultural pride. The many cultures that exist on the island nation set their differences aside for five days and celebrate the beauty and diversity that is Trinidad and Tobago. The Amerindians (the indigenous people of Trinidad and Tobago), African, East Indian, Far East Asian, and European cultures all come together for one of the biggest and most exciting block parties in the world.
The history of slavery in Trinidad and Tobago is like many other countries in the world. It began as a near decimation of the indigenous people due to illness and brutal work conditions. Like many other countries, the tragedy of slavery also gave rise to the merging of African traditions with those of the slave masters. Carnival is one enduring example of this cultural fusion.
Trinidad and Tobago was held under both Spanish and British rule at various times. While under British rule, French settlers, many of who were Catholic, came to the island with their pre-Lent tradition of carnival and masked balls. The first known carnival was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago around 1785, during this time of French settlement.
In 1834 slavery was abolished in Trinidad and Tobago and carnival became an expression of freedom, unity, and joy for all who called Trinidad and Tobago home. Today, carnival not only reflects the fusion of African and French tradition, but all cultures that call Trinidad and Tobago home which include, the Amerindians, East Indian, Far East Asians, Europeans.
Trinidad Carnival Dates & Location
The events begin on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and end on Fat Tuesday every year.
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Trinidad Carnival Additional Information
For the latest information about Trinidad carnival contact the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.
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