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Carnival Monday – February 20, 2023

Carnival Monday is celebrated yearly on the Monday before Ash Wednesday, which is February 20 this year and is recognized as a festival that is flooded with music, dance, and food. And yes, the day is a public holiday, so people of all ages can get their groove on!

History of Carnival Monday

Like other cultural festivals, the Carnival also has a unique history. The tradition is said to have started in St. Vincent; hence, whoever settled in the region ended up adapting to the celebratory tradition, and spreading it across the globe. The original Carnival festivities were also modified. For instance, when the Kalinagos settled in St. Vincent, they ended up merging their festivals with the Carnival. Yet the sole purpose of the festival remained to indulge in delicious food and hold activities that expressed the joy felt by people.

Soon, lands were conquered by individuals of varying backgrounds, and new people started to join in on the tradition of the Carnival. In fact, the festival continued to be held even after the British gained power. New practices such as wearing a mask during the event were introduced in Rome in 1494. This, too, was a tradition that came from Africa.

These celebrations spread after slavery was abolished. In fact, the Africans used the festival to put their culture and traditions on display. This angered the colonizers, who were bent on eliminating the identity of the slaves. During the 17th century, a ban was put on the slaves celebrating the Carnival, and as expected, this led to turmoil. In 1899, the slaves revolted and celebrated the festival despite the ban.

Today, the festival is a holiday that pulls thousands of people back to their homes — even if they have migrated to other countries. Every year, Carnival Monday is celebrated with large parades, music, and extravagant decor.

Carnival Monday timeline

1268
Merchants of Venice

The Carnival of Venice is held.

18th Century
The Change

The French and English introduce the festival to the Caribbean.

1723
Brazilian Nights

Carnival festivities kickstart in Brazil.

1838
Start Afresh

Enslaved people make the carnival their own.

Carnival Monday FAQs

What is the true meaning of Carnival?

The meaning of Carnival is linked to the medieval Latin word ‘carnelevarium.’ This means ‘to take away or remove meat.’

What does a Carnival celebrate?

Carnivals celebrate and showcase the cultures and traditions of certain people.

Is Carnival Monday canceled in Trinidad and Tobago?

The celebration was not held in 2021 because of the pandemic. Although nothing has been said about this year’s edition, it is quite likely that it will hold.

Carnival Monday Activities

  1. Dress up

    If you are living in a city hosting a Carnival, all you have to do is dress up and get ready to celebrate the night! Remember to dress colorfully.

  2. Prepare a dance routine

    At the Carnival, there are several performers present to enthrall the crowd and add an oomph factor to the festivities. If you’ve got the right moves, you can prepare a dance routine too.

  3. Practice a skill

    Can you juggle? Can you sing? Is there any talent you would like to showcase to the world? Use this opportunity to shine in front of a crowd.

5 Fun Facts About Carnivals

  1. The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

    The celebration attracts half a million tourists yearly.

  2. Oldest food served

    Oven-baked beignets are among the oldest foods served at the Carnival.

  3. Another name for Carnival

    It is also known as ‘J'ouvert.’

  4. Partying all night

    The Dominica Carnival in the Caribbean island has festivities all day and night.

  5. The best Carnival

    Italy hosts one of the largest and best Carnivals in the world.

Why We Love Carnival Monday

  1. It spreads the community spirit

    Carnival Monday plays the role of spreading the community spirit. It allows people to get together and celebrate the culture and traditions that have existed for centuries.

  2. It gives people a chance to socialize

    The Carnival gives people a chance to dress up and socialize! You can meet friends and family on this day and even new companions.

  3. It has given rise to tourism

    The glamourous Carnivals held in several parts of the world have given a rise to tourism in certain countries. This, in effect, helps the economy and the people.

Carnival Monday dates

YearDateDay
2022February 28Monday
2023February 20Monday
2024February 12Monday
2025March 3Monday
2026February 6Friday

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