Adorned in a magnificent pink feathered carnival dress for the Kadooment Day parade on Monday, the Fenty fashion house owner, who was absent during last year’s celebrations, complemented her look with pink heels, bantu-styled hair knots and some bright and coloured makeup.
Formerly known as Harvest Home, Crop Over or “Crawpova”, as it is referred to by locals, is known to have begun in 1687. This festival is said to be a derivative of the harvest festivals in Africa such as the Yam Festival celebrated in Nigeria and Ghana and carried on by the slaves in those areas.
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Crop Over is a festival celebrated to mark the successful harvest of sugarcane on the plantations in Barbados. Slave workers of old would thank the gods of the land for granting them a bountiful harvest and ask them to purify and bless the land for the year to come. The descendants held on to this custom.
Initially, Crop Over was celebrated privately on various plantations until it became centralized. Activities such as plantation fairs, food exhibition, craft sales, beauty pageants, and barge shows are held from the months of June through July and the event peaks during the Kadooment parade or Cohobblopot carnival show, which is the favourite of many tourists and natives, including Rihanna.
Barbados is clad in colourful decorations and the natives parade the streets, dancing to their favourite calypso tunes and following the Kadooment live band parade.
Crop Over Festival is a major financial stimulus in the country, generating millions of dollars in revenue.
Take a look at the stunning photos of the Bajan beauty’s costume this year: