I was thinking yesterday as I painted faces how funny it is to think about our journey of progression with Kanaval in Haiti. I feel like this year I’m getting to experience it a tad like a normal Haitian would with the anticipation of some fun, some knowledge that you don’t do some of the things because it gets crazy, and a little vacation mixed with lots to do. Kinda like when the fair comes to town in America.
The first year Kanaval was only a thing that you knew happened, you got to try to find something for the teams to do because everything was closed, and a scary thing that you avoided at all costs. The second year I got to see it in a village and saw for the first time how it portrays the history of Haiti, is a time of celebration for Haitians, but also a time that can be dark with the masks and jab. This year my weekend if full of things like painting faces on kids so they can go to a little festival a school is putting on, going to a soccer match tomorrow, plans for watching parades during the day and some relaxing with friends who are coming in from out of town.
Here is a look at my first go at face decorating for Kanaval. A lot less glitter was used then most Haitian’s prefer but I called it a success:)