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Updated: Mar 5, 2020

Carnival, Kanaval in Haitian Creole, is Haiti's biggest celebration that shows off the vibrance, diversity, and sense of community among Haitians. People of all ages with painted faces and brightly colored costumes fill the streets to dance or join a parade. Festivities start around the beginning of February and last until Fat Tuesday.

(Left) St. Barthélémy students

This tradition began in Port au Prince in 1804 as a way for Haitians to celebrate their independence, and now the nation hosts one of the largest Mardi Gras Carnivals in the Caribbean and North America. 216 years later, Carnival continues to be a symbol of resilience and determination in the face of struggle.

Bethlehem Ministry wants to bring a taste of Haiti to you, so we're planning our very own Carnival in 2021! We'll have live music, games, costumes, dancing, Haitian cuisine, and more. Stay tuned for more information.

Interested in attending or volunteering for this event?


Carnival in Cap-Haïtien 2020


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