Carnival: Guyana Carnival: Joining A Truly Global Phenomenon

From Samba blockos in Brazil to masked balls in Italy, Carnival is a truly global phenomenon. Carnival is now celebrated in over 50 countries around the world.
Carnival originated as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt to usher out winter and celebrate the beginning of spring. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, the ancient Greeks adopted the Festival. The Romans assimilated the Festival from the Greeks and it was later overlaid with Christian meaning to become the festival of “carne vale.”

The word “carne” means meat in Latin and “vale” means “farewell.” In the Catholic calendar “carne vale,” farewell to meat, is a feast before the fast of Lent. In 18th century Italy, people preparing for Lent would throw indulgent fancy-dress parties and gorge before the fast.

As Christianity spread across Europe, so too did the celebration of carnival. Colonization exported it across the world. Portuguese colonists took Lent to the shores of Brazil, where they had also taken an estimated 4 million African slaves. Over time European rituals fused with African ones, to create Brazil’s now world-famous Carnival.

The flamboyant street parties are a celebration of Brazil’s mixed heritage and it’s big business. In 2016 the city of Rio alone welcomes 1.1 million tourists during Carnival, contributing around $900 million to the city’s economy.

On the Caribbean island of Trinidad, the festival of Lent was introduced by French colonists. Slaves excluded from these celebrations, created their own parties to the soundtracks of calypso music, which mocked the French. This is now an integral part of Trinidad’s carnival.

In India Carnival is only celebrated in the southern state of Goa, where Portuguese colonists ruled for over four centuries. Parades occur throughout the state with bands, dances and floats.

Carnival is known as Mardi Gras in the American City of New Orleans and contributes over 2% to the City’s GDP. Carnival is not just a party in the sun. Quebec holds the third-biggest carnival celebration in the world.

From humble beginnings carnival has become a truly global celebration, with millions of revelers all over the world contributing billions of dollars to the party.


Designer – Shawn Dhanraj | Photographer – iKenna Douglas | Marketed by SCORCH
Withstood the test of time and still standing strong. A true definition of endurance and perseverance.
Costume Prices
Frontline – USD $650.00
Includes: Monokini with necklace, huge backpack, tiara, thigh pieces, foot pieces, cuffs
Backline – USD $400.00
Includes: Monokini with necklace, tiara, foot pieces
Add-ons – USD $50.00
Male – USD $350.00
Includes: board shorts, head band, belt, chest piece, arm pieces, leg pieces

Guyana Carnival: Kaieteur

Designer – Sandra Hordatt | Photographer – iKenna Douglas Marketed by Queen of Bacchanal | Destra Garcia

Breathtaking. Majestic. Jaw Dropping. This remarkable costume signifies the spectacular phenomenon that is Kaieteur Falls nestled within the pristine rainforest of Guyana.

Costume Prices

Frontline – USD $650.00
Includes: Bra with arm pieces, bikini bottom,huge backpack with wings, tiara, high waist belt and thighs
Add-ons – Feathered legs, USD $75.00
Backline – USD $400.00
Includes: Bra, bikini bottom, necklace, tiara, high waist belt and thighs
Add-ons – Wings, USD $50.00