Monday, February 13, 2006
Hosay in St. James
I had often heard about Hosay in Trinidad's St. James, but always missed it for various reasons. This year I was finally able to attend the festivities along St. James' main road and it was quite an experience.
A group of Tassa drummers from St. James will travel to Germany in June in support of the 'Soca Warriors', who qualified for the Football World Cup.
The nightly prossessions along St. James main road went on for three days. I decided not to use any electronic flash, which I avoid whenever I can. I shot at 3200 ASA instead.
The hosay houses or tadjahs like the one below, which was built by 71 year old Owen Donald Simmons in Cocorite, are destroyed at the end of the festivities. Family members gather at the yard and load pieces onto a truck, which will simply dump its cargo into the nearby ocean. I expected some kind of a ceremony, but the end was swift and final.
And a last journey takes its course...
To the Caribbean Sea
Till next year!
Tag: Trinidad Hosay Islamic Religion Culture Caribbean Photography Stefan Falke Germany