Carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Mas 2009
One of the most celebrated religious carnivals, the carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, would be held in June 27 to July 7 of this year. This carnival was first celebrated in the 1890’s and is usually held on Holy Tuesdays, just before Ash Wednesday.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines carnival is popularly referred to as Vinci-Mas. This is the time when people of the faith are cleansed out of their sins. It is a period of fasting and abstinence. The religious stripped themselves off the human wants and sacrifice to join in the passion and death of Christ. This is also the time that signifies the near start of the Lenten season.
By the 1900, the Calypso celebration during the Vinci-Mas was introduced. Street parades were made popular among the working class. Today, more and more people are joining in this festival of faith and the crowds are growing bigger every year.
This year, 2009, the Carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be jam-packed with a lot of guests. Everyday events would promise to make this carnival more exciting for locales and tourists alike. The official launching of the carnival event was held last May 2nd and the search for Miss SVG ensued on the last day of May.
Miss SVG 2009 was held at the Victoria Park. Eight participants joined in the contest to display their beauty, talent and intelligence. Veronique Williams, who was sponsored by the D’archeville Construction Equipment Sales Caribbean Ltd, was declared as winner. This is the second straight year that the company sponsored a winning beauty contestant. She also won several special awards including Best Interview and Best Evening Wear. Aside from capturing the audience during the carnival, Williams also take home a university scholarship.
By June, the event kicked off with Fantastic Friday on June 19th. The week after, June 26, Ragga Soca would be celebrated along with the Junior Carnival and the Junior Pan Fest on the following days. Monday of June 29th would start off with Mas on the Move and Junior Calypso the next day.
The month of July would begin with Glow event followed by Panorama. Miss Carnival would begin on Friday, July 3rd, and Soca Monarch on July 4th. More fun events would follow including the Dimanche Gras (July 5), J’Ouvert and Street Party (July 6) and would finally culminate with a Mardi Gras on July 7.