Crop Over: The Barbados carnival:
The Crop Over in Barbados is a 3 month-long Barbados Carnival of Barbadian culture, food, arts, music, and lots of fun.
What is Crop Over Carnival?
The Crop Over is the time that paralyzes and at the same time mobilizes all of Barbados, the easternmost of the Antilles islands. The Barbadian diaspora returns home to celebrate, to reunite with family and old friends.
The Crop Over is the time when they break free. They work hard all year and take time to immerse themselves in their culture. It is what their ancestors passed down to them from those days when slaves celebrated the end of the harvest.
It is a massive party, they meet friends they have not seen in many years, with the emigrants. It is a great party from one side of the island to the other.
This is the time when they indulged in their music, they dress in the colorful carnival costumes, they dance on their themes and concepts. Barbados Crop Over party means a lot to them.
From party to party:
The celebration has its preamble in infinite parties throughout these 3 months, which intensifies in the week before the culmination day: the Kadooment Day, the first Monday in August.
The party is called Mimosa, like the drink that everyone has for breakfast, which consists of a soft mixture of champagne and fruit juice. You also drink rum punch, the island’s flagship drink. A curious fact that is not widely publicized. Here the rum was born, more than 300 years ago – Champagne, beer, and a few dare with pure rum and cognac.
Wuk Up – The traditional dance of the locals:
It is an extensive day in which around twenty groups parade to the beat of soca, a Caribbean rhythm derived from calypso, but more accelerated.
The soundtrack that plays all the time at all times everywhere and that is danced in the style of the Wuk Up, the traditional dance of the locals, an erotic high-voltage shake, a sexual pantomime that reveals the Caribbean enjoyment for the dance.
A dance in which the women crouch in front of the men, they wiggle, they move the pelvis back and forth and the partner on duty takes her by the hips, shoulders, and back, simulating the sexual act.
The painted night:
The craziest party before Kadooment Day is the one that happens on Saturday from midnight through the streets of Bridgetown. This street dance that lasts until dawn.
Be a part of this astonishing carnival:
These are the days of Crop Over, the festival in which the end of the sugar cane harvest is celebrated from June to August, a vernacular and out-of-season carnival that complies with all the carnival precepts. Take a break from your busy schedule, dance, sing, celebrate.
Although the celebration takes place in the middle of the year, the earlier the ticket is purchased, the lower the price will be to attend this celebration, which has its preamble in infinite parties throughout these 3 months.
They are days of euphoria of frenzy. Hectic days and holidays. It’s party mornings, nap afternoons, and party again at night. There are few hours of sleep, many music and many others of dance. It’s time to shake your hips and drink. Relaxing on the beach too, and thus putting the bodies to soak in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
“Put your hands in the air!” and join in this great Barbados carnival!
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