The celebration of these holidays on the island begins in the Colonial Era, about the year 1,520, during the Haitian occupation. In the Dominican Republic, the celebration of the traditional carnival that precedes Lent and is intermingled with the commemoration of National Independence. There was a time when this celebration was not held, but in 1844, with the independence of the Dominican Republic after the expulsion of Haiti and friendly agreement with the Spanish Crown, the Dominicans took to the streets in disguise separating the Carnival of the religion. The month of February in the Dominican Republic is known as the month of Carnival since then.
The parades of each city are organized every Sunday of the month and the best known and most popular are those of La Vega, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture awards prizes for the best costumes according to the categories.
What distinguishes the Dominican Carnival from others is the influence of different cultures in its evolution. There are different characters such as the “Diablo Cojuelo” or the “Roba Gallina” from different cultures, which, together with the rhythm of dance and music, mix in the colorful parades.
After years and years of evolution in handicrafts, Carnival has adapted to Dominican culture with its own character and there is so much tradition that there are professionals of this own crafts called “Careteros”, who make the famous Dominican masks.
If you visit the Dominican Republic, in addition to attending the Carnival festivities, be sure to visit the islands of Saona or Catalina, they are paradises with postcard-worthy landscapes that are sure to be worth a visit and you will want to return.
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