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Barbados Harvest Festival

Crop Over is a traditional harvest festival which began in Barbados.  The festival had its early beginnings on the sugar cane plantations during the colonial period. The Crop Over tradition featured singing, dancing and during this festival carts and animals were decorated with flowers that would bring the cane to the plantation owner. The plantation owners then provide a feast for the labourers.  During Crop Over you can see parades, dances, and fireworks, and hear calypso bands, enjoy arts and crafts (beautiful wooden sculptures, woven straw mats and colourful clay pottery) and taste the same kind of food and drinks that the slaves prepared in the 19th century. Crop Over is a three-week long festival of feasting and enjoyment. The festival begins with a parade, for the ceremonial delivery of the last sugar canes.

Crop Over Harvest Festival at Barbados

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