Each year in the small beach town of Jacmel, in the south of Haiti, the most important carnival in the world takes place during the Gras period (January and February). Of European origin, the carnival was introduced to Haiti with the arrival of the Spanish and French colonialists in the 16th and 17th centuries. It lasted after the country’s independence in 1804 and was taken over and appropriated by former slaves coming from Africa, who had become Haitian. The richness of Jacmel’s carnival is different from that of Port-au-Prince, which traditionally takes place the following weekend. In Jacmel, artistic creation, […]
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