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6/28/14

Missing The Bacchanal And Carnival Festivals - #Music

Have you been to a Caribbean Carnival - Jouvert - Festival? 
Do you enjoy soca music? 
What is your favorite festival to enjoy? 

When I lived in my country I'd watch as the carnival season and other Caribbean festivals would come and go. I thought it would be fun to take part in the marching bands one day, but I was always so self-conscious about my skin. I never wanted to show my skin! And so I feared having to wear those tiny pieces of clothing and walking along with the bands.

I figured I'd never walk with the bands. I accepted it. There was no way I was dressing like that.

And because of the Christian culture in my country I began to shun the carnival while admiring it at the same time.

When I left my country, I realize that while I didn't miss the revelry, I really really missed the music and the food.

Ahh the music. It is hard not to move when you hear the festival music! If you not moving or tapping you finger, feet or something, then something went wrong with your receptors of art!

And I love to dance and I could bet any of them girls I could mash them up with the dancing. Did I mention I beat out 20 people to win a dance off, my very first time in a club?? Oh yes, baby girl can move!

Of course with all these years I probably out of date with the new moves, but hey, old time sinting never lose stride :)

While I wouldn't see myself wearing the costumes publicly, I love the designs and beautiful colors of the Carnival and jouvert costumes!
The Queen of the Bands costume





The Caribbean culture is rich and diverse! So much to be a part of. I wish I was able to take part in more of my cultural festivities while living hear in America. And while I don't get home sick perse, I really do miss the food and music and vibes to madness sometimes! I guess that might be home sickness ja? :)

As a woman who loves to travel, I'd love to visit all them other Caribbean islands and see how they do their Caribbean festivals and sample some of their cuisine!

I'd be one watching from the sidelines for quite a few reasons;
For me, I couldn't stand the crowd all around me and the noise out.
I don't want anyone grabbing me to wine up.
Please do not throw paint on me!!
And like I said before, I'd be the only one not in costume (not that everyone wears a costume)

If you visit any Caribbean island and get to experience the Carnival and Bacchanal, you'll never forget it!

Have you been to a Caribbean Carnival - Jouvert - Festival? 
Do you enjoy soca music? 
What is your favorite festival to enjoy? 


Find a mix of soca music here.





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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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16 comments :

  1. This sounds like so much fun! I would love to visit the islands and see a carnival like this!

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    1. It is quite the event in the islands and other places that celebrate :)

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  2. I bet this is one heck of a party and soooooo colorful and I bet tons of fun!!! You cannot keep your body still that's for sure. Rockin' the house today my friend!

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  3. My hometown used to have this annual summer celebration called "Folklore" and during it all kinds of International Pavilions would be set up where the "hosts" would feature their culture: food, costume, music... um, alcohol. Needless to say the Caribbean one was the MOST popular...... and yes, I could be find there on (way!) more than one occasion during the festival.
    Love everything about it: the costumes, the entertainment -- and especially that beat music!!

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    1. That is so interesting. It reminds me of where my SIL lives. They do the same thing! Sometimes I wish I could visit there more often to see it.

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  4. Oh what fun those costumes are amazing what a party heheh!

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    1. Oh yes tis quite the thing to watch...well yea, quite the thing.

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  5. I'd love to see the carnival. There's a big one in Brazil they say is great too. I'd like to see from a safe distance though. :)

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    1. I agree with the safe distance Rosey.
      I wouldn't want to be in the crowds. I might faint.

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  6. This sounds like lots of fun and the costumes are gorgeous.

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  7. I started playing 'mas' at six years old. I played every year right up to the age of 22. After that, I think I just got tired of it. It happened really quickly for me...one year I loved it and the next, not so much. I figured after sixteen years of it, I had, had enough. You know I'm from Trinidad right, so you know it's nearly impossible for me to get away from Carnival. It's such a huge part of our culture. This year I didn't even go out, I stayed at home on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. I swam in the pool, watched movies and read. It was perfect. For me it's not a matter of loving it or hating it...because I guess I would always love it, but it's just not for me anymore. If you could understand that. I like soca music and of course, the food is delicious (I LOVE our food), but I don't indulge only during carnival, I listen to soca anytime I feel the need to hear it and I eat anything I have a craving for whenever. Sometimes, I kinda think I am lucky to live here. :) Do you miss living in the Caribbean? Would you ever come back?

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    1. Sometimes you just outgrow something and feels okay without it. When I was in my country, it was just something that happens and I'd work :)

      I love and miss our food sooo much! Wish I had more of it here and had more resources to get some.

      Yes I do miss living there. I get to walk everywhere
      And I've always wanted to come live there for at least 9years during the young years of my children.
      You never move away really.

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  8. Congrats with your dancing skills. These costumes are marvelous, and the socca music is a lot of fun.

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