This festival attracts and brings tourists from across the globe to celebrate in a full week of rich drinking, dining, partying, and the gathering of a nation with a rich history. Usually, Carnival performers dress themselves in brightly colored clothing that symbolizes the native spirit and special costumes are worn at times to represent the spirit of the country. There are many other festivals other than the Havana Carnival in Cuba. During Fidel Castro’s rule in 1968, he ended the Christmas holiday. It was made a holiday on 1969 because the government was trying to enforce a record sugar harvest.
For instance a traditional Cuban wedding ceremony can be colorful and exotic. Going to a wedding usually entails being part of a procession of well-wishers. After the quick ceremony, there is usually a large fiesta. Carnivals a clash of food, music, rhythm and color these grand celebrations date back centuries. Spanish slave owners granted their slaves days off.
Though there was historical resistance to an African-derived culture in Cuba by Europeans, popularity for the music and dance spread through radio and tourism. This led to closing the cultural gap among Europeans and Africans and allowing for the creation of a Cuban culture deeply rooted in African-derived traditions. (Chambers, 2) The combination of the European and African instruments as well as the introduction of new instruments created a unique sound that is Afro-Cuban music. Europeans offered a variety of instruments to Afro-Cuban music such as most wind instruments and some string instruments. ... ... middle of paper ... ...iffusing of son to the masses.
This paper will give an in depth look into two highly publicized Cultural Events: Mardi Gras and Carnival Rio De Janiero. Mardi Gras Mardi Gras is celebrated once a year prior to Lent beginning. In the early 1700’s , French Colonist brought Mardi Gras to America. It flourished in New Orleans, as well as other Southern states. Mardi Gras is classified as a legal holiday in the state of Florida and Alabama, as well as 8 counties throughout Louisiana.
These festivities consisted of dinners, balls, concerts and hunting parties. The Africans started to participate in the festivities from 1833 after the Emancipation Bill came into play. The Africans brought Canboulay to its festivities. Canboulay first took place on August 1st, Emancipation Day, but subsequently took place after midnight on Demarche Gras, the Sunday before Carnival. The word Canboulay derived from the French “Cannes brulee” meaning burnt cane.
The early salsa music from 1970-1980 will be the focus for this world music genre study. Salsa music includes salsa music and songs, which was developed in New York before its recognition in 1970s. Cuban as the origin of salsa, however, it was believed that the first salsa music was from New York before 1970. ‘Salsa’ has the meaning of ‘sauce’ and it was a product of the interaction between Afro-American and Latin people in New York City who tried to gather together to identify their culture and to maintain the sense of belongings among themselves. Salsa was named after salsa music was developed in New York, and the word ‘salsa’ appeared on songs or records before it became a type of music used for marketing.
This painful piece of history would add a new dimension to the rich African culture. Music played a very important role during and after the slavery era. For example the slaves in the Virgin Islands used a form of song, Caruso, to pass messages among each other, without the slave owners or the overseer's knowledge (Umbilical 14). Because the plantation owners did not want them practicing their African beliefs, they combined Caruso w... ... middle of paper ... ... for the dead (Carnival 9). These ceremonies were called masked balls.
Every year, in Trinidad there is a festival of colors which is transformed into costumes, calypso, steel band music, dance and different foods and Carribean art which magnetizes many people from different countries also known as Carnival. Carnival takes places on the Monday and Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday. Carnival is celebrated to mark an overturning of daily life. The Carnival of Trinidad is a very consequential festival in the island of Trinidad and Tobago. The roots of carnival both lay in Africa and France.
Over the years, Essence Fest has been the highlight of New Orleans. With all the partying going on in New Orleans, the ... ... middle of paper ... ...enjoy all the festivities. Louisiana has been the only state that legalized this festival as a holiday. “According to History, elaborate carnival festivities draw crowds in other parts of the United States during the Mardi Gras season as well, including Alabama and Mississippi. Each region has its own events and traditions” (Mardi Gras, 2011).
2015.). The most famous of all Cuba festivals is the carnival at Santiago de Cuba, held annually from July 18 to 27. Like many other Cuban festivals, the Santiago carnival began as a religious event: the Saint Day of Santiago (St. James) is July 25. The festivities became a time for celebration by Santiago’s slaves, who introduced some of the dance, music, and costumes still typical of the Santiago carnival. Cuba’s capital city, Havana, has its own carnival.