During Petraa’s tour in St.Vincent over the Christmas season, she enjoyed partaking in the traditional Nine Mornings Festival…
NINE MORNINGS FESTIVAL
Nine Mornings Festival is celebrated on the run up to Christmas in St. Vincent. Where Vincentians wake up in the early hours of the morning and celebrate with lively parades, dances – fetes, street concerts, bicycle riding, sea bathing, steel bands and other hotly anticipated events for the nine mornings before Christmas Day.
The History of Nine Mornings
The origins of this festivity are clouded in some mystery, although the original tradition relates it to the ‘novena’ of the Catholic Church on the nine days before Christmas. It is believed that after the early morning church services of the Catholics, worshippers began walking the streets while others went for sea baths. From this the popular Nine Mornings festivity emerged. Although popular opinion has this practice as starting during the period of slavery, it was more likely to have been a post-emancipation practice.
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