Rihanna is catching major heat for the her so called behaviour at Carnival. African American blogs and media outlets have ostracized the bajan beauty for following her cultural roots during Kadooment Day earlier this week. It was reported by an anonymous partygoer” that Rihanna and Sealy were pH๏τographed dirty dancing together at a festival to celebrate Bajan culture” A partygoer told one newspaper: ‘They were all over each other and their dancing got very H๏τ and heavy.” Rihanna’s carnival costume has been described as Raunchy and her dancing and celebrating of her native Bajan culture as disrespectful as a role model.
Americans need to be educated on Caribbean culture; in addition Caribbean people do not pᴀss judgement on Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are ᴀssociated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations ᴀssociated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports compeтιтions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, ᴀssociated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins. Mainly, where Americans are raunchy and behave in a manner that is disrespectful to children with their drunken binges and lawless behaviour.
The Crop Over summer festival is Barbados’ most popular and colourful festival. Its origins can be traced back to the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest ‘ the Crop Over celebration.
As the sugar industry in Barbados declined, so too did the Crop Over festival and in the 1940’s the festival was terminated completely. However, the festival was revived in 1974 and other elements of Barbadian culture were infused to make the extravaganza that exists today ‘.. an event that attracts thousands of people from across the globe.
The grande finale is the Grand Kadooment! This carnival parade features large bands with members dressed in elaborate costumes to depict various themes. Designers compete for the coveted Designer of the Year prize while the revelers seem more intent on having a good time! The revelers make their way to Spring Garden accompanied by the pulsating rhythm of calypso music. When they reach Spring Garden, the party continues with more fantastic music, lots of food and drink and, for some, a quick swim at the nearby beach. A grand end to a grand festival.