For those that may not know, the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival festivities have their roots beginning from the 18th century. Carnival, or carnevale, is an Italian word which translates to “to put away meat” (carne: meat & vale: farewell). This was in reference to the Catholic observance of abstaining from meat on Fridays during lent. French plantation owners had their own masquerade balls in celebration of the upcoming lent, in which slaves could not take part. At some point, these people formed their owned parallel celebration called Canboulay. It was originally a harvest festival, but with influences of the: 1838 emancipation, French Carnivals, and Trinidadian roots, it transformed into the celebrations of today. The ornate traditions, music and costumes have influence from traditional African rituals/cultures.
Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago occurs the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, with many events in celebration beforehand. It is also celebrated worldwide throughout the Caribbeans, South America, Africa, and many more places. Carnival is commemoration of unity and cultural expression. Please check out All Ah We for a more in depth history.
Below here are 15 photos featuring those celebrating the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016 with locs, faux locs, braids, and twists.
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