Carnival Monday in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020

Carnival Monday in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020
A dancer in the Junior Parade, Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. Image by Idobi
  How long until Carnival Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 129 days.
  Dates of Carnival Monday in Trinidad and Tobago
2021 Feb 15, Feb 16
Trinidad and TobagoTue, Feb 16Not A Public Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Feb 15Not A Public Holiday
2020 Feb 24, Feb 25
Trinidad and TobagoTue, Feb 25Not A Public Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Feb 24Not A Public Holiday
2019 Mar 4, Mar 5
Trinidad and TobagoTue, Mar 5Not A Public Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Mar 4Not A Public Holiday
2018 Feb 12, Feb 13
Trinidad and TobagoTue, Feb 13Not A Public Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Feb 12Not A Public Holiday
2017 Feb 27, Feb 28
Trinidad and TobagoTue, Feb 28Not A Public Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Feb 27Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Carnival takes place in Trinidad and Tobago on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

When is Carnival in Trinidad?

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago takes place on the traditional dates in the run-up to Lent.

The Monday and Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday are not public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, but most businesses are closed.

History of Carnival in Trinidad

In the late 1700s, French immigrants moved to Trinidad to run plantations, bringing with them enslaved Africans.

During the carnival season, white plantation owners staged masquerade balls, dressing up as black plantation workers and enacting aspects of plantation life.

After full emancipation in August 1838, freed Africans in Trinidad embraced Carnival as a means of asserting their identity and expressing their beliefs. Masquerade, song and dance were used to mock the ruling powers and to highlight continuing social inequalities.

Moko Jumbie

In the Caribbean, a Jumbie is a ghost or spirit. For African Caribbean people, the Moko Jumbie also represents the ancestors of the displaced peoples of Africa.

Moko Jumbie figures on stilts have been a key feature of Carnival in Trinidad since the early 1900s. Oral traditions describe how the Moko Jumbie waded across the Atlantic on tall stilts to protect Caribbean villagers from evil forces.

Traditionally wearing masks and long skirts or trousers over the stilts, the figures also appear at other community celebrations such as the Emancipation Day parade and harvest festivals.

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