We all know that Caribbean people have different cultures and heritage, and it is important for us to learn about them and support them. But what is the difference? It’s especially important to explore different cultures to appreciate where everyone comes from and understand the significance of this month.

Everyone needs to learn about different cultures – especially in music and dance. You might find yourself doing folkloric dancing even if you have never learned the steps! Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about different backgrounds so you can better appreciate where people come from. 

Caribbean Heritage Month is a time to remind us we’re all part of something bigger. Let’s celebrate our diversity and thank those who came before us.

Which communities celebrate and why? The Afro-Caribbean community celebrates this month because they want to build their history, identity, and pride. They celebrate in different ways throughout the month. Some examples are picnics, fashion shows, concerts, and other events. The Caribbean community celebrates to promote and share their cultural heritage. They want to help their children learn about the culture of their parents, grandparents, and ancestors.

It is also celebrated by communities worldwide who trace their roots to the Caribbean, such as Puerto Rico and Jamaica. The governments of these countries take up this cause in April, recognizing that, regardless of color or ancestry, a shared history binds us all. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has always celebrated Caribbean Heritage Month.

How is Caribbean Heritage Month celebrated today?

There is a big parade held every year in the summer. There are many bands from many different countries. Some of these bands have been performing together for a long time! They travel worldwide, performing their music and traditional dance moves. It’s called Mas (pronounced maas). Masqueraders wear special costumes to celebrate this music and dance. These costumes are colorful, vivid, and made of many different materials. They represent animals (like frogs or lions), or they might represent plants and trees.


How are you celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month? Share with us in the comments below!