Carnival Essay

explanatory Essay
2317 words
2317 words

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. Carnival has evolved over the past two centuries from an elegant, exclusive affair to a truly all – inclusive national festival, it is by far the most spectacular event on the nation’s calendar.
In the year of 1498, Christopher Columbus landed in Trinidad and, as was the practice in the supposed age of Discovery and Exploration, he then took possession of the island in the denomination of the King and Queen of Spain. The island did not have the promise of immense wealth like the other countries in Spain’s Western imperium. Trinidad was, therefore, largely ignored for over two hundred and fifty years. In 1776, out of concern for this state of affairs, the Spanish king issued a Cedula of Population, which opened the island to colonization by the French. A second Cedula followed in another seven years. This optically discerned an even more astronomically immense influx of planters from the French West Indian islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Dominigue. Arriving withal were Free Coloreds and Africans. The French brought with them their cultural traditions, their language, how they dress, the foods they ate and also their customs. In 1797, Trinidad was captured by the British and was made a crown colony of Gre...

... middle of paper ... incremented from $500 to $1,000 and, in 1963, a breakthrough was scored by steelbands when the Silver Stars Steelband of Newtown, Port-of-Spain, copped the Band-of-the-Year denomination with its presentation of Gulliver's Travels. It would be the first and only time in the 20th century that this feat would be accomplished by a steelband. By the mid-1960s, bands commenced to peregrinate from historical to fantasy themes and by 1969, the masquerading population was on the incrementation.

Today, Carnival is Trinidad and Tobago’s main tourist magnetization and has inspired several Carnivals in cities where citizens of Trinidad and Tobago have settled, including Incipient York, Toronto, Miami and London. Other Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, St.Vincent and Grenada have homogeneous festivities but Trinidad and Tobago Carnival remains the greatest show on earth.

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  • Explains that the carnival of trinidad is a consequential festival in trinidad and tobago. it is celebrated to mark an overturning of daily life.
  • Explains that christopher columbus landed in trinidad in 1498 and took possession of the island. the spanish king issued a cedula of population in 1776.
  • Explains that the period between christmas and lent was marked by festive activities and feasting by both the french and english. the british imposed martial law during the christmas season.
  • Explains that the pre-emancipation carnival visually perceived whites, dressed as negues jadin, and mulatresses.
  • Explains that emancipation brought liberation for africans, but also brought new concerns for the whites. the british were entrenching themselves as the incipient colonial power in the west.
  • Explains that canboulay began as a carnival masquerade in which whites dressed up as blacks imitated their dances including the calinda and their torch-lit, drum accompanied procedures.
  • Explains how baker's actions in 1878 and 1879 evaded a direct challenge to the ceremony, but he endeavored to suppress both canboulay and carnival.
  • Explains how cannes brulées celebrated the anniversary of their liberation on august 1st by reenacting scenes of slavery.
  • Explains that africans introduced their own musical instruments and dance forms of kineticism. the kalenda, a dexterous dance performed to drums and chants while the dancers engage in mock combat with their sticks.
  • Describes the activities of the cannes brulées, which preceded the street carnival of monday and tuesday.
  • Explains that the jamette carnival was a compulsory release from the struggle that was their circadian lives. they lived in appalling conditions in areas rife with all the conditions for convivial instability.
  • Analyzes how the british colonial regime vetoed many of the activities associated with the carnival including dancing to drums, carrying lighted torches, and "obscene musical compositions and dances."
  • Explains that it took more than legislation and police batons to stop the carnival. the more repressive the legislation, the more truculent were the replications.
  • Explains that the people's canboulay festival was abolished in 1884, and the tamboo bamboo became established. the stickfighters were eventually driven underground.
  • Explains that the first two decades of the twentieth century marked the gradual re-ingress of upper classes into the festival. they returned after the carnival was purged of its 'coarser' elements.
  • Explains that carnival took on a more organized and european character. fancy dress balls were held at the princes building antithesis to the queen's park savannah.
  • Explains that the dimanche gras show was inaugurated in 1948 as a vignette in the carnival queen show.
  • Explains that in the early 1950s, the regime decided that carnival was too consequential a national festival to be left in private enterprise. the cdc (carnival development committee) was set up in 1957.
  • Explains that by mid-century, carnival was consummately under the control of the central regime. bandleaders and designers sought inspiration from history, films, great personalities and world events as they conceptualized winning pieces.
  • Describes how a "band of the year" award was initiated in 1955 to apperceive the effort that was being put into the presentations. the authenticity of bailey's presentation back to africa won bailey band-of-the-year accolades that year.
  • Explains that in 1961, the first prize for the band-of-the-year was incremented from $500 to $1,000, and in 1963, a breakthrough was scored by steelbands when the silver stars steelband of newtown, portugal, copped the band of the year denomination with gulliver's travels.
  • Explains that carnival is trinidad and tobago's main tourist magnetization and has inspired several carnivals in cities where citizens have settled, including incipient york, toronto, miami and london. other caribbean islands like jamaica, st.vincent and grenada have homogeneous festivities.
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