The Caribbean Celebrates Emancipation Day

Emancipation DayOn this day, August 1, several islands across the Caribbean are celebrating Emancipation Day, an occasion that commemorates the freeing of Caribbean slaves of African descent in 1834.

Islands such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos Islands participate in week-long celebrations that involve the staging of African plays and musicals, African dance, the preparing of African dishes, listening to African music, and donning stunning African apparel, all culminating on Emancipation Day.


The island of St. Maarten kicked off their celebrations early with the staging of a series of poems and plays to highlight 178 years of freedom. See one of these performances in the video below.

By: Danielle Dixon

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