A Christmas Cultural Experience in Turks and Caicos!
Turks and Caicos is historically famous for its salt production.
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Maskanoo Parade to Celebrate The Masses, December 26, 2018
Celebrated the day after Christmas, is a masquerade tradition that draws on a combination of West African ancestral roots and is a mimicry of former slavemasters’ costume balls. It is one of Turks and Caicos Island’s oldest festivals with oral traditions from African, slavery, Colonial, American and Caribbean past. It is a tradition that Turks & Caicos, like other former slave colonies, celebrate during Christmas and New Year and has been passed down through the generations. In the British colonies, Masses has a strong resemblance to the English Mummers and Guisers tradition in which performers visited people house to house in disguise at Christmas.
The Masses is said to have originated with the slaves who were brought to Turks and Caicos by the Bermudian salt rakers between the 16th and 18th centuries and it flourished in the salt producing islands of Salt Cay, South Caicos and Grand Turk. According to a few of the elders in the Caicos Islands, the Masses there were not as grand as those in the Turks Islands due to the great distances between each settlement and the smaller population, but they did celebrate Christmas morning with some form of Masquerade.
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