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Spicemas - how timing of Carnival has changed

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

The Carnival season or what is now referred to as Spicemas used to be held in February. This made the festival, a pre-Lenten festival, similar to Carnival in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago or our sister isles, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.


Source: Proud to be West Indian

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What happened

The main reason for the change in timing was driven by independence. In the year 1974, when Grenada achieved independence, Carnival was cancelled. When Carnival returned in 1975, the timing became May. This was to move the Carnival away from the same timing as that of Trinidad. The period of May was used in the years of 1976, 1977 and 1978.


Again, in the year 1979, Carnival was cancelled due to the Grenada revolution of March 1979. When Carnival returned in 1980, Carnival was held in August. This new timing was driven by tourism.


Ever since, Carnival has been held in the month of August.


Source: Grenada Mas 1928-1988


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