Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire has called for a responsible and respectful enjoyment of Carnival festivities.
He explained that Carnival is a time of creativity and excitement, and serves a good purpose to the people of Dominica.
Yet, he acknowledged that the positivity, that which is meant to be highlighted by the event, is perverted by certain people who turn to excesses.
“Carnival is a special time of year, which brings with it a great sense of excitement, joy, and freedom. It consists of a series of events which bring out the most creative genius in our people. Therefore, Carnival serves a good purpose. However, you and I know that it is also a time when some people take the liberty to engage in all forms of unsavoury and unacceptable behaviours,” he said in his Carnival statement.
Malzaire stated that Carnival is a time to have “clean fun,” and should not be used as an excuse for lewd or criminal behaviour.
“It must be realised that any form of abuse reduces a good thing to an inordinate state,” he noted. “Carnival, therefore, should never be used as an excuse for bad behaviour or licence for indecent exposure, nor should it be a reason to lower our human dignity…Some fun, we must have; but, it must never be the cause for self-degradation and regret.”
He said that parents should keep a watchful eye on children and the youth should refrain from excessive consumption of alcohol, and completely avoid the use of illegal drugs in order to prevent “unsavoury actions,” and promiscuous sexual activity.
“A happy Carnival to everyone, and may the Lord bless your every step on the road. Let us work towards a drug-free and an incident-free Carnival. God bless you all,” he concluded.