We have all heard of the traditional ‘Tewey Vaval’ on Ash Wednesday which symbolically signals the end of the carnival season.
But ‘Leve Vaval?’
Well, this is a new component being added to carnival celebrations in the Kalinago Territory.
One of the organizers at the Kalinago Carnival Committee, Prosper Paris, said this new addition will add an element of surprise that everyone should look forward to.
“Leve Vaval is something new and we are trying to enhance the whole carnival business because since we are burying the Vaval, so why not raise up the Vaval?” he told DNO.
Paris said the the event, slated for Saturday, is “going to be a spectacular resurrection with color, music, and dance and drumming …it’s going to be a big surprise for the Kalinago people themselves and the general public.”
He said the event is a series of activites planned for the celebration of Carnival in the Territory.
He noted that on Saturday there will also be a parade of bands which will include Kalinago pageant contestants, ‘darkies,’ traditional mass, among others.
The parade will begin at Crayfish River and end at Bataca.
Following this there is also expected to be a carnival singing competition (Chante Mass) during which each band will be singing one song.
Then the official opening of carnival will begin after that.
Other activities for the season include a calypso and mother’s queen show at the Karina Cultural Village on March 2 from 7:00 pm.
There will be J’ouvert on Carnival Monday and on Carnival Tuesday there will be the judging of the various bands near the Salibia Primary School in St. Cyr.
Tewey Vaval will take place on March 5 at Bataca.