It’s Kanaval season in Haiti!
Kanaval is a Mardi Gras festival that coincides with others around the world. Traditionally, Mardi Gras allowed people to celebrate and enjoy themselves before the fasting and penance of Lent.
The first Haitian Kanaval took place in Port-au-Prince in 1804. Since then, the festival has evolved into one of the largest Mardi Gras festivals in the Caribbean with music, bands, processions and parades.
Haitian Kanaval begins in February and ends on Shrove Tuesday. Kanaval is an important cultural showcase with traditional costumes and local music like ‘kompa’ taking centre stage.
Here at NPH Haiti Special Needs Programmes, we believe in the full participation of our service users as active Haitian citizens. If the rest of the country is having a party, then we are too! This is how we celebrated Kanaval 2017 at Kay Ste. Germaine special needs school today; a real riot of colour.