Posted by: practicalglobalrelations | February 16, 2010

Does No Carnival Mean Less Tourists for Haiti?

 

We are all familiar with the devasting and heart-breaking situation going on in Haiti. What many of us didn’t know, however, is that this is supposed to be the time that Haitians are celebrating the most.

This morning, I read an article in the New York Times about the second most devasting occurance that Haiti residents are going through – the Carnival, or “Kanaval” as it is known in Creole, is not happening this year.

Kanaval is more than just a party to Port au Prince residents- it is an annual event in celebration of their culture, despite having faced another year of hard living. During this national celebration, residents flock to Port au Prince to hear the latest Hatian Music, see dancing and simply celebrate life. Every Hatian recognizes the importance of this national holiday and most would say it is even bigger than Christmas.

In the New York Times article, it was said that the success of this carnival can also relate to the success of the country. I began to think about the implications of not holding the carnival this year, other than the fact that residents are suffering in this devastating time. Haiti experiences a fairly low amount of tourism and most of this probably happens in Feburary during the time of the carnival.

With an already devastating situation happening over there, this is not helping the economy with the loss of tourism, or the devastation of the hearts of Haiti.

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