Car­ni­val Time in the Caribbean

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Every year, almost every island in the Caribbean hosts its own Car­ni­val. Such Car­ni­vals have roots as far back as the days of slav­ery. With every island hav­ing spe­cific dates for their car­ni­val, it is almost a cer­tainty that, some­where in the Caribbean, it’s Car­ni­val time.

To make things eas­ier for vis­i­tors (and maybe some locals as well) we have cre­ated a Car­ni­val Cal­en­dar, detail­ing the dates for each of the Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions through­out the Caribbean. Remem­ber the dates may have slight vari­a­tions from year to year but they usu­ally fall around the same time each year.

Car­ni­val Calendar

Date

Island Held

Name (if applicable)

Jan­u­ary 1st

Bahamas

Junkanoo

Jan­u­ary 1st

Turks & Caicos

Jan­u­ary 1st

Montser­rat

Jan­u­ary 5th to Feb­ru­ary 12th

Curaçao

Curaçao Fes­ti­val (Fudeka)

Feb­ru­ary 3rd to Feb­ru­ary 9th

Puerto Rico

The Ponce Car­ni­val (Car­naval de Ponce or Car­naval Ponceño)

Feb­ru­ary 7th

Aruba

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Dominica

Dominica Car­ni­val

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Guade­loupe

Guade­loupe Carnival

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Haiti

Haiti Car­ni­val (Kanaval)

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Mar­tinique

Mar­tinique Carnival

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

St. Mar­teen

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Feb­ru­ary 8th and 9th

Feb­ru­ary 23rd

Guyana

Mashra­mani

Feb­ru­ary 27th

Domini­can Republic

March 2nd

Aruba

April 2nd to April 30th

St. Thomas Vir­gin Islands

April 3rd

Jamaica

Bac­cha­nal

April 14th to May 3rd

St. Maarten

May 7th

Cay­man Islands

Bata­bano

June 24th to July 5th

St. Vin­cent and the Grenadines

July 18th

St. Lucia

July 25th to August 2nd

Antigua

July 28th to August 9th

British Vir­gin Islands

Tor­tola Carnival

August

Anguilla

August

Nevis

Cul­turama

August 1st

Bar­ba­dos

Crop Over

August 8th and 9th

Grenada

Spice Mas

Decem­ber 15th to Jan­u­ary 1st

St. Kitts

Decem­ber 19th to Jan­u­ary 2nd

US Vir­gin Islands

St. Croix Christ­mas Festival

Decem­ber 26th

Bahamas

Junkanoo


With so many to choose from, it can be dif­fi­cult to just pick one. How­ever, there are some that are “must dos” includ­ing the Crop Over Fes­ti­val in Bar­ba­dos, Junkanoo in the Bahamas, Bac­cha­nal in Jamaica and the Car­ni­val in Trinidad and Tobago. Plan your vaca­tion so that you can spend some time at one of the many Caribbean Car­ni­vals. You will not regret it!

© Photo 1 taken from Black​girl​long​hair​.com
© Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com


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