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  1. J'ouvert

    J'ouvert is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J'ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/day break. J'ouvert is celebrated on many islands, including Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sint Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. It is also a feature of New York City's West Indian Day Parade held on Labor Day, in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn and Notting Hill Carnival in London, both areas that have a large Caribbean ex-pat communities. The celebration involves calypso/soca bands and their followers dancing through the streets. The festival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise. Carnival was introduced to Trinidad by French settlers in 1783, a time of slavery. Banned from the masquerade balls of the French, the slaves would stage their own mini-carnivals in their backyards — using their own rituals and folklore, but also imitating and sometimes mocking their masters’ behavior at the masquerade balls. The origins of street parties associated with J'ouvert coincide with the emancipation from slavery in 1838. Emancipation provided Africans with the opportunity, to not only participate in Carnival, but to embrace it as an expression of their newfound freedom. Some theorize that some J'ouvert traditions are carried forward in remembrance of civil disturbances in Port of Spain, Trinidad, when the people smeared themselves with oil or paint to avoid being recognized.

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How to say j'ouvert in sign language?

  1. jouvert


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of j'ouvert in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of j'ouvert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of j'ouvert in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Admettre votre erreur et de prendre la responsabilité de vos actions nécessite courage et l'humilité extraordinaire. Les gens interprètent mal souvent une responsabilité comme une faiblesse. Au contraire, la responsabilité démontre votre caractère ouvert d'esprit. Disant "désolé" nécessitent le niveau plus élevé de capacité intellectuelle. Seules les personnes forte d'esprit et bien équilibrés peuvent le faire sans effort. Toujours fier tout en prenant la responsabilité de vos actions - parce que ce la seule partie de votre personnage qui vous différencier du reste aussi remarquable et extraordinaire.

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