Fighting oppression by Celebration – The Caribana Carnival

In the past, West Indians didn’t enjoy the perks of prosperity and liberty instead they were exposed to ruthless oppression and were imposed by European elites to live under their commands. They were supposed to endure forces labored arduousness and utter inhumane treatment by the white Europeans.

Harsh treatment

Cruelty, harsh and severe treatment on a daily basis exceeds beyond the patience level and the threshold level is crossed then eventually the fear gets transformed into anger, rage, revolt, and thirst for freedom. Eventually, a revolt against the unbearable treatment started and transformed into a revolution and the people of the Caribbean islands completely rejected to submit against the oppression anymore. The vital part of rejection was the uprising of enslavement and preservation of African culture in Caribbean islands that created unity to form a gel among people to fight the oppression with revolution.

How the revolution started

The revolution got massive the slave uprising started taking place so in the history the massive slave disintegration took place and the Caribbean islands became free from the menacing canker of slavery.

Getting rid of the cruel master proven to the phenomena of metamorphosis for the Caribbean which means a stage of solid development and in this case, it can be labeled as a state of reconstruction of a society in a better way and to exercise the best practices to have positive effects. Thus the recreation process became the phenomenal point of the inception of Caribbean celebration and carnival culture that shows the best way to spend a moment of joy and to cherish freedom in true means.

How emancipation is associated with Carnival?

So carnival, celebration and party culture got injected in Caribbean DNA from the emancipation era and emerged as a prominent feature of the Caribbean island’s culture. Trinidad was considered to be one of the famous most island of Caribbean islands where there was rule of white French elite and during parties and celebrations, the slaves were forced to be kept away hence they slaves started making their own secret party kind of secret gathering during the Christmas days with the fundamentals of party and especially masquerade dance so mas dance has it’s origination roots from Trinidad where during emancipation era the freed slaves used to wear costumes made of skins or hides and bones and colored in different and perform act of copying their masters and dramatizing their mimicry as an act of celebration and in this was Mas Dance party had a great significance in Caribbean Carnival culture. Toronto Caribana carnival is an ultimate expression of fighting oppression by celebration.



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