Curcao Carnival is known around the world for it’s colorful, celebratory style. On the island of Curaçao, the local population has managed to transform it into one big wild, crazy party that last for a whole week.
The history of the Curacao Carnival is a complicated one, and we won’t go into descriptive details. But we’ll give you the short version: The Dutch colonists had their own version of Carnival. Then with the coming of the immigrants from the Asiatic lands came another influence, and the same goes for the Creole middle class. After the first half of the 20th century, all these influences and traditions started to merge and melt down into one big cultural celebration. Insert some Tumba (Curaçao’s typical music) as the official music, and Carnival almost instantly became the biggest and undoubtedly most important cultural manifestation of the year.
With the opening of the Carnival season at the end of December, you can imagine this festival is a big deal for many islanders. From the start of the season, many more events take place until the actual start of Carnival; beauty pageants, “jump-in” and “jump-up” parties, kids and teens parades with the climax between the weekend and Tuesday that announce the Ash Wednesday; the first day of Lent.
If your really wish to experience the heritage, cultural influences and traditional music that have formed Curaçao to the vibrant island it is today, there is no better way to do it than through experiencing the island’s Carnival. The local population will welcome you with open arms and show you why this event is worth attending. Just be sure you’ve loosened your hips, because the Curaçao men and women sure know how to shake theirs!