BREAK THE SILENCE
Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love"
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Just hours after wrapping up five days of carnival festivities, the streets are no longer lit. I wanted to share the history of Carnival with you a bit. In 1881 the slaves banned together protesting and rioting, burning sugar cane in exchange for their pain. Re-enacting The Canboulay meaning “ burning cane” we commemorate freedom, the steel pan they bang, they dance and sang, through us, their spirits remain, the Trinidad evening reminded me of D.C. after a summer rain.
Many have tried to derail Carnival celebrations like any other organization that encourages people of Color to feel empowered and overcome oppression. A Trini Native shared with me the measures taken to Band Carnival; a name in particular I recall was Captain Arthur Baker who in 1881, with a contingent of police officers made an attack on Canboulay masqueraders. Captain Baker and many who shared his hate were determined to discourage and band celebrations, but we are a persistent, resilient people.
Gratitude to the freedom fighters who labored to keep Carnival in our traditions to commemorate and celebrate the ancestors. The festival is also where calypso music has its roots; its rhythms can be traced back to West African Kais.
Trinidad and Tobago's history like that of most documented history taught in our education system dates only as far back as 1498 right around the arrival of the Colonist although its unwritten history goes back more than 5000 years, according to archaeological artifacts.
So, the next time you’re participating in Carnival remember the original purpose and honor the ancestors that paved the way for you. They protested in the streets demanding our freedom; now we walked the streets in celebration of where their efforts have brought us, our evolution, and where we are going in the future.
Discover more about the natives of Trinidad prior to Colonialism
The Arawaks were the first https://youtu.be/g_CzfvBM5A8
Self-Reflect Love. Radiate Love. Evolve.