Carnival is a beautiful celebration that originated in the Caribbean, most notably Trinidad and Tobago.
It is marked with bright, colorful costumes, Soca and Calypso music, and a tremendous amount of authentic food. Taking place before Ash Wednesday, it rivals Mardi Gras in terms of pre-Lent rituals and traditions.
The origin of Carnival varies depending on the history that is researched. Its roots are a mixture of various beliefs, primarily Catholic, that was brought to the islands and combined with other beliefs. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Carnival became open to everyone on the islands, not just the white slave owners.
The deep cultural roots of the enslaved population brought a unique perspective to Carnival and eventually it became the Carnival that is loved today, celebrating the resistance to the slave owners of that time.
Carnival is celebrated all over the world and at different times, including the large Labor Day Carnival in New York City. It is a celebration for everyone with deep cultural, spiritual, and social roots.