Cultural Market & Family Fun Day 9th December 2018

Cultural Market Trader & Stalls

Looking for an African print handbag ladies? Or guys, looking for a special gift for your partner or family, maybe you want some hand-crafted items, a good book, or one off jewellery made by skilled people with creative flare.

Then definatley come and see what we will have to offer.

So come along to the event and invite family and friends.

From: 12-6pm, Sunday 9th December 2018  at West Indian Sports & Social Club,        M14 4SW

Carnival & Cultural Roots

Roots of Carnival 
Carnival in the Caribbean has a complicated birthright: It’s tied to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately freedom and celebration. The festival originated with Italian Catholics in Europe, and it later spread to the French and Spanish, who brought the pre-Lenten tradition with them when they settled (and brought slaves to) Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti, Martinique, and other Caribbean islands.

The word “Carnival” itself is thought to mean “farewell to meat” or “farewell to flesh,” the former referencing the Catholic practice of abstaining from red meat from Ash Wednesday until Easter. The latter explanation, while possibly apocryphal, is said to be emblematic of the sensuous abandon that came to define the Caribbean celebration of the holiday.

Guadeloupe winter carnival, Pointe-à-Pitre parade. A group of young performers. Foreground: woman wearing traditional carnival outfit (photo reportage ).

Carnival is celebrated in the month of February across parts of Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. A Catholic tradition brought to the colonies by the Spanish, French, and Portuguese since the 1500s, Carnival has become increasingly fused with the traditions practiced by African slaves and their descendants.  Continue reading “Carnival & Cultural Roots”