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Guadeloupe festivities

Guadeloupe is known for its great taste of the festivities.

- After the festive seasons season begins rehearsals Carnival. Groups carnival parade every Sunday night on the streets for two months until Ash Wednesday.

- Mardi Gras is the big party where groups compete in the carnival capital of Basse-Terre and Pointe-à-Pitre for the best costumes, best music and best choreography (see also Creole music and dance) whose theme is imposed by the carnival committee. Then the next day, Ash Wednesday, the day that ends the carnival mascot nicknamed King of Carnival Vaval is burned, which marks the end of the festivities, everyone scrolls in black and white (to mark the mourning Vaval) and then begins the 40 days of Lent.

- After this period of deprivation, it is Easter, during which families often go camping on the beach and eat crab dishes: matété (ie cooked rice with crab) or callaloo (crabs with leaves Madeiras, accompanied by white rice). (See Caribbean cuisine)

- May 27: Feast of the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. Warning: everything is closed!

- August 10: St. Lawrence, patron saint gives them the opportunity to party cookers Point-à-Pitre. After Mass, about 250 stoves parade through the streets of the view basket on her head. It follows a festive meal and a dance.

- August 24: the feast of St. Bartholomew gives rise to folk festivals.

- In August, the Tour of Guadeloupe is a cycling competition ends at Pointe-à-Pitre with a big party.

- A Saints, candles illuminate the cemeteries. Families eat and feast over flower graves to commune with the dead.

- At Christmas time, families and friends gather at singing nwel opportunity to sing hymns and partying.

For a full schedule of all events in Guadeloupe, see our calendar.