Vincy Mas in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2020

Vincy Mas in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2020

  How long until Vincy Mas?
This holiday next takes place in 29 days.
  Dates of Vincy Mas in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2022 Jul 4, Jul 5
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesTue, Jul 5National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jul 4National Holiday
2021 Jul 5, Jul 6
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesTue, Jul 6National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jul 5National Holiday
2020 Aug 3, Aug 4
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesTue, Aug 4National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Aug 3National Holiday
2019 Jul 8, Jul 9
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesTue, Jul 9National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jul 8National Holiday
2018 Jul 9, Jul 10
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesTue, Jul 10National Holiday
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMon, Jul 9National Holiday
  Summary
St. Vincent’s Carnival is known as Vincy Mas and activities culminate on the first Monday in July and the following Tuesday

Vincy Mas in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2020

August 3rd and 4th 2020 will be observed as Public holidays in St. Vincent and the Grenadine as replacement holidays for Carnival Monday and Tuesday, July 6th and 7th.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the decision was made during a Cabinet meeting, held on Wednesday, May 13th, and comes following the cancellation of Vincy Mas 2020, which was announced in April. He noted that the public holiday’s act, allows the Prime Minister to advise the Governor-General to have dates changed.

When is Vincy Mas?

Vincy Mas is the biggest festival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Promoted as “The Hottest Carnival in the Caribbean”, the carnival starts in the middle of June, culminating in a Monday and Tuesday at the start of July.

Usually, this takes place on the first Monday and following Tuesday in July, but can be switched to the second Monday and following Tuesday in some years.

History of Vincy Mas

Attracting thousands of tourists, Vincy Mas is a colourful and vibrant celebration of music, dance and Vincentian heritage. Towns come alive with street parties, calypso and steel pan performances, costume parades and much more.

Prior to 1977, it was celebrated on the days before the start of Lent as is common for many of the Carnivals that take place in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Like those carnivals, Vincy Mas developed its identity in the eighteenth century by combining elements from the European carnival traditions with customs from African religions brought by freed slaves.

The last two days of Vincy Mas are J'Ouvert and Mardi Gras.

J’Ouvert

J’Ouvert is a contraction of the French term Jour Overt meaning early morning. A fete runs from midnight to dawn. A large band then takes to the streets of Kingstown waking the residents to enjoy the penultimate day of the carnival.

Mardi Gras

Originally Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) was the day before Lent and the last chance to feast and make merry before giving up some food for the forty days before Easter. In Vincy Mas, a band of the year competition is followed by a final parade of the mass bands to signal the end of the festival.

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