Trinidad Carnival – ˈKɑr nə vəl

Trinidad-Carnival is an annual occurrence held on the Monday and Tuesday ere Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago. Emigration of Trinbagonians to the United States, Canada and Europe (Trini’s In Xisle) has disseminated Carnival celebrations to many municipalities in Europe ( London’s Notting Hill Carnival, Berlin Carnival), the United States (Miami’s Carnival, New York’s Labor Day, Hollywood), and Canada (Toronto’s Caribana).

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Trinidad Blue Devi for Jouvert

Trini Phrase: Jouvert

  • Jouvert, Jour ouvert, Jouvert (n): [Trinidad Jouvert] the official beginning of Carnival at daybreak on the Monday preceding Ash Wednesday. (< French Creole jou ouve <French jour ouvert ‘day open’, as a translation of day clean)
    • Well for me I waiting on Jour Ouvert, Just to jump me jum[p] and break away. (Kitchener “Jump in the Line” 1948)
    • The Jour Ouvert of 1920 Port-of-Spain saw revellers crowding the streets from the crack of dawn, and in the bands, amidst the beaters of tamboo-bamboo, and bottle-and-spoon, could be seen revellers depicting crooks, pick-pockets, burglars, beggers, highway robbers, and Barbadian cooks. (Anthony 1989:25)
    • Jouvay…the opening day of Carnival which begins in the early morning hours (often officially 2:00 A.M.) Monday morning before Ash Wednesday. Jouvay is a nocturnal mas that breaks shortly after dawn. Thousands of revellers in old clothes covered with mud, or as Blue or Red Devils, or drenched in black oil (Oil Men) fill the streets. (Martin 1998:227)
Lord Kitchener Flag Women in a Word Cloud.

Trinidad Carnival a mi·sog·y·nist culture?

I am a 🇹🇹 by birth, but I currently live in Maryland, 🇺🇸. I still, however, acknowledge Trinidad and Tobago and its culture as home and the space in which I feel most comfy. One of Trinidad’s most renowned commodities is Trinidad Carnival and thousands congregate on the island every year for the annual festivities.

Black Pregnant Women Standing in a field

Word of the Week: Carnival Baby

  • Carnival Baby (n):  A child born about nine months after Carnival usually in November. (From being conceived during Carnival fever.)
    • The acceptance of normally disapproved social practices such as the public consumption of alcohol and forms of sexual interaction also relate to this phenomenon, as gang warfare, no less than male/female relationships and the Carnival-baby syndrome, contribute to a societal detumescence even if for certain portions of the society more than others.
Two women kissing and taking a selfie.

Can you do Trinidad Carnival on a budget?

I was recently olë talking with two 🐎 of mine about Carnival. I eh go call no names, because ah recently travelled with them to 🇯🇲 and I eh want to blowup dey spot.