Crop over

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Crop Over is a traditional harvest festival that originated in Barbados. The festival was first celebrated in the 1780s as a way for plantation workers to mark the end of the sugar cane harvest season. Today, Crop Over has evolved into a major cultural event that attracts visitors from around the world.

History[edit | edit source]

Crop Over has its roots in the colonial period of Barbados. The island was one of the world's leading producers of sugar cane, and the end of the harvest was a time for celebration. The festival was originally called Harvest Home, and included feasting, dancing, and music.

The festival declined in the early 20th century as the sugar industry waned, but was revived in the 1970s by the Barbados Tourism Authority. Today, Crop Over is a major event on the Barbadian calendar, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Events[edit | edit source]

Crop Over is a five-week festival that typically begins in June and ends in August. The festival includes a variety of events, including the ceremonial delivery of the last canes, the crowning of the king and queen of the festival, calypso competitions, and the Grand Kadooment - a large parade featuring elaborate costumes and music.

Cultural Significance[edit | edit source]

Crop Over is more than just a festival; it is a celebration of Barbadian culture and heritage. The festival showcases traditional and contemporary Barbadian music, dance, and art. It also serves as a reminder of the island's history and the importance of the sugar industry to its development.

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