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Haitian women enjoying Kanaval 2015

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Haitian women enjoying Kanaval 2015

Haitian women enjoying Kanaval 2015

Carnival History in General & Haiti Carnival History
Carnival (also known as Kanavalin Haitian Creole) in Haiti started in the year of its declaration of independence in 1804. Haiti celebrates many carnivals throughout the year, however, its main carnival (Kanaval) starts on January 6th, on the twelfth day after Christmas leading up to Mardi Gras and serves as a final shebang before the 40-day abstinence of Lent. The day of 'Mardi Gras' is the day before the Ash Wednesday, and that is always 46 days before Easter. The three immediate days before the Ash Wednesday, a final celebration is hosted grandly in Haiti especially in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. These three days are known as "les trois jours gras," or, "three fat days". The country celebrates this carnival with colorful grand parades of floats with elaborate costumes. There are musical competitions, cultural shows, and display of specific characters in the parades dedicated to the Carnival, are some of the major highlights of this annual event.

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