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Islands throughout the Caribbean celebrate “Carnival” at different times of the year. While most celebrations are Lenten (like Mardi Gras) St Croix celebrates Christmas Festival!
St. Croix’s Carnival is called the Crucian Christmas Festival and it became an annual event in 1952 with the revival of old holiday traditions transformed into modern Festival. Dating back at least to the early-1800s enslaved Africans on St. Croix were allowed to celebrate Christmas and New Years. The celebrations on plantations included drumming, singing and dancing. In the main towns it involved parading through the streets of town singing, dancing and playing drums; often stopping door to door for rum and wine. Masquerading was popular during Christmas and other holidays including Easter and Whit Monday. These traditions continued into the early 1900s but saw some decline. Social events kept music traditions and dances like the quadrille, lancers and bomboula alive. The Carnival festival collected traditions into one big event with a focus on the former holiday celebrations. The event has become more and more organized each year and has incorporated additional events. Today it last about four weeks starting in December and ending with the parades in January.
Enjoy live music nightly, local food, vendors and more in the Festival Village … this year affectionately named the IrMaria Stress Free Zone. The celebrations culminate in the Adult Parade on January 6th in celebration of Three Kings Day.
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