Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Trinidad: Caribbean island with the largest of all carnaval costumes

Trinidad (Spanish: "Trinity") is the larger and more populous of the two major islands which make up the country of Trinidad and Tobago, says Wikipedia. It is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and lies just 7 miles off the northeastern coast of Venezuela.

Today Trinidad is the result of a fusion of many different cultures. It hosts an annual pre-Lenten Carnival on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is the birthplace of the Steelpan musical instrument and Limbo dance. Styles of popular music include Calypso, Chutney, Soca and Reggaeton.

The Carnaval costumes are often augmented with a hidden substructure - a metal armature - so that a spectacular heights can be reached with fabric and feathers.

Afro-Trinidadians and Indo-Trinidadians account for almost 80% of the population. There is also a large Chinese and European population.