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Calabash Festival in Montserrat

11/07/2012
English: Feng shui Bottle Gourd (葫蘆)

English: Feng shui Bottle Gourd (葫蘆) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I don’t know where I’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow.”

Jimmy Buffett

Named after the calabash fruit that was traditionally used to produce eating utensils, musical instruments and decorative items, the festival (July 15th – 22nd, 2012) seeks to promote the destination through a range of events such as a Calabash Jog & Stroll, Calabash Hike & Coconut Water Event, Island Boat Tour, 11/11 Cricket Match, a Grand Food Fair, a Gospel Concert, Prof. Dr. George Irish Lecture Series, and the newest addition of a Designer fashion Hair & Nail show, concluding the week of activities with Pan & Jazz by the Bay.
»Calabash Festival

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KQYhRrezg4]Give Me A Reason

The calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container.

More commonly known as a bottle gourd, it may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration. It has historical importance for its usefulness and many ancient cultures celebrated the gourd, decorated them, used them in religious ceremonies, made musical instruments out of them and even used the decorated tough skin as jewelry. Archeologists have found calabash thought to be 8,000-9,000 years old.
»Free Calabash Festival celebrates the usefulness of gourds

Unless you’ve got your own plane, it’s just about impossible to get to Montserrat in one day. Most regular folks fly to the popular tourist destination of Antigua (pronounced “Anteega”), spend a night or two, then fly to Montserrat.

The flight is on a small over-wing prop plane that has less room than some luxury SUVs, but you’re only in the air for 16 minutes.

The island thrusts out of the ocean into steep, lush mountains that rise up 3,000 feet. The flight path avoids the volcano to the south, and the plane heads for the northern tip, which is rimmed mostly with sheer cliffs.

The plane dive-bombs onto a short landing strip that dead-ends at the base of a hill.

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zujnyZinns]El Reloj

* Montserrat Unveils Summer Schedule of Festivals – Montserrat Calabash Festival

* Montserrat attractive because of what it doesn’t have

* Montserrat Volcano Observatory

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