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Carnival and the soul of the nation

The official NCC Calendar of Events lists different events, including Panorama, Kiddies Carnival, Dimanche Gras, J’Ouvert and of course Monday and Tuesday on the streets. Photo: Elmo Griffith

There are three different views on Carnival: The Protestant view, which believes that Carnival is intrinsically evil. In this view any participation in Carnival is matter for excommunication. The festivity in itself separates us from God.

The second view is the Cultural view, which endorses and embraces the festivity in an unqualified way. This view highlights the vital connection between Carnival and our national consciousness and equates Carnival with being Trinbagonian.

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