Carnival Calendars

If you are coming to Trinidad for Carnival bookmark this post because it has the dates of all the must-see, never-been-to-but-want-to, and regional Carnival events for Carnival 2017.

This first is from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.culture-carnival-calendar-2017

The Second is from the National Carnival Commission. This one is the one to bookmark for stickfighting and parades of the bands.

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Fetes are an important part of the festivities. Bishop’s was last Saturday and I had a ball. So keep following your Trini friends on Facebook and check the fete calendar here . See you at Army Fete

 

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Ceder Hill Ramleela

The National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago is hosting viewings of Ramleela in Cedar Hill, Princes Town. Ramleela is a dramatic re-enactment of the life of Lord Rama as described in the Ramayana, ending in a 10 day battle between him and Ravan.

 Cedar Hill’s Ramleela celebration is said to be one of the oldest and largest in Trinidad. This outdoor theatre was brought to Trinidad by East Indian Indentured Labourers over 165 years ago.

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Freedom Morning Come

Freedom Morning Come is the Eintou Springer play that retells the reading of the Emancipation proclamation 1 August 1834. It has become a part of the annual celebration and started this morning at 6, in front of the Treasury Building.

Because I went 3Canal last evening into this morning, I missed the Ancestral Drum Call at All Stars Panyard, which ends with a procession to the play.

The play started at 6am and it was funny, emotional, but mostly it was an experience. You can tell the Eintou was trying to teach more than entertain with this play. Which I appreciated because we really don’t know weself.

Happy Emancipation Day!