This week Curacao is completely under the spell of the carnival. It’s like the island is ‘breathing’ carnival. For Christians, Carnival is not a good thing. For most people on Curacao Carnival is part of our culture. This year they are celebrating Carnival’s 50th birthday. As a child, we used to go and watch the parades with my parents. When we were older we used to go with friends. What I loved most was walking along the route before the parades. I would see people that I haven’t seen for a long time.
Now I find it too hot, too many people, and now I am a Christian. At the school where I am teaching, we also celebrate Carnival. Every year a queen is elected for Grand March and one for the Teener parade. The queen of the Grand March used to visit our school MIL, and the queen of the teener is a student of mine. The ‘Rei di Tumba’, Raey Lauffer, used to be a student at MIL too. MIL is known to win a lot of prizes during the Teener parade. (The Rei di Tumba is the one who’s song is supposed to be played the most during the parades.)