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Mas Domnik, the real mas, 2014 hailed a resounding success
Published on March 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The curtains have come down on what has been called a successful and enjoyable Mas Domnik 2014. Colour, creativity and culture were displayed with pomp and splendour during the two-day celebrations on March 3 – 4, that reminded local and visitors alike of the theme, Nou Konnet Viv – we know how to live.

The opening of Carnival or J’ouvert (pronounced joo-vay) saw persons dressed in a variety of costumes ranging from playmates, prisoners, police officers, flower fairies and even the feared lougaro or wizard of traditional folk tales. Creativity reigned supreme during the youth and traditional mas on Carnival Monday. Students from 13 schools proudly represented their alma mater, be it by driving traditional wooden trucks called kaboways, wearing costumes or walking on stilts.

Colour was everywhere when the t-shirt bands appeared in vibrant red, orange, green and blue during the festivities. Culture, creativity and colour merged harmoniously to rhythmic sounds of bouyon (local Dominican music) and calypso music on Carnival Tuesday. Pageant winners and participants proudly displayed their spectacular costumes to an appreciative audience. Eight costume bands tried to outshine each other to cop the coveted band of the year title.

Dominica Festivals Committee events director Natalie Clarke noted, “Mas Domnik 2014 was truly one where the people were involved in every aspect of the Mas. This started with a grand showcase of our traditional Mas through the sensay, band mouvay, la po kabwit at the Opening of Carnival and culminated with an almost flawless production of the Carnival Queen Show and Calypso Finals.”

Mas Domnik Festivities officially ended with the burning of the effigy of the Carnival Spirit or Te Way Vaval on March 5, 2014. Celebrations were held in the rural villages of Bataca and Dublanc.

Upcoming festivals are Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole carded for June 8, 2014 and the World Creole Music Festival to be held October 24 – 26, 2014.
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