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FOR CONNOISSEURS of pre-Lent festivals who are well past New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and the Carnaval in Rio, and who are feeling adventurous, Angola’s Carnival, held for the three days around Ash Wednesday in Luanda, the capital, “is the biggest cultural/social event in the Angolan calendar,” says the second edition of Bradt Angola, “attracting thousands of spectators every year.”
The event has been held since the 1850s, but has a checkered past. Groups used it to mock the Portuguese, the colonial power, and it was banned several times in the 1920s and 1930s. In the early 1960s carnival groups were beaten by police, driving the celebration underground for a time.
Today, the parades are back, “led by a carnival king and queen, followed by a whole range of musicians, including dozens of drummers...and then dancers,” says the guidebook. “Everyone wears colourful costumes and outrageous headgear, mainly in the national colours of red, black and yellow.”
You need to be feeling adventurous because, warns the guidebook, “Carnival is a very Angolan party, and as a visitor you may feel self-conscious in the crowd, as it is not promoted to foreigners or tourists. You’ll therefore find very little information about what’s going on, or where to buy tickets for the 700 seats that are available in the stands that line the route of the carnival parade.”
Printable 4X6-inch card
1. This is a drawing by:
a) Edgar Degas
b) Vincent van Gogh
c) Mary Cassatt
2. Captain Thunderbolt, a 19th-century highwayman, had a secret identity as a school teacher in:
c) Rhode Island
3. Cape Coast Castle, once an embarkation point for slaves, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in:
a) Sierra Leone
Catalogued by Destination and by Theme
Where do you want to go? North Carolina?
SMITHFIELD, North Carolina—Many men loved Ava Gardner, but it’s doubtful if any of them adored her as much as the 12-year-old boy she kissed in a school playground one afternoon in 1939. The girl who would become the Hollywood goddess of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s was still the girl from Grabtown, just outside Smithfield, in those days. She was 17 and taking a secretarial course. Tom Banks was 12.
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