Mas Domnik, dubbed as the “Real” Mas is a carnival like no other. It brings together African and French traditions which are part of Dominica’s rich cultural heritage. It is also one of the few carnivals in the Caribbean which takes place right before Ash Wednesday – the start of the Lenten Season.
This Caribbean Carnival comprises calypso shows, village festivals, pageants and street parades which highlights traditional cultural elements like Sense or BwaBwa, drumming from the Lapeau Kabwit Bands and Bouyon Music. The main Carnival or jump up like it is called starts on Monday with J’ouvert morning and runs through Tuesday night and ending with a burial ritual on Ash Wednesday.
Mas Domnik is one of the few carnivals which still showcases so much of an island’s cultural heritage. Visitors to Dominica who want to experience a carnival like no other can participate by joining one of the bands.
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