The carnival this year is not taking place on the streets of west London this summer due to the pandemic.
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Published on Monday, August 30, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

British expats today celebrate the Summer Bank Holiday, which marks the last day of summer in the U.K.

For those readers who may not have heard of this English holiday coming from Wales and Northern Ireland, the summer bank holiday is on the last Monday of August. In Scotland, it is on the first Monday of August. This day marks the end of the summer holidays for many people who return to work or school in the autumn.

According to London Tourism Board,, the summer Bank Holiday is a public holiday in 4 constituent countries, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

For many people, the summer bank holiday marks the end of the summer. Some people take trips or short vacations during the three-day weekend. For others, it is another opportunity to work in their gardens or carry out home improvements.

Before the pandemic, in London the Notting Hill Carnival was held. This street festival is best known for its exuberant costumes, dancing and music played by steel drum bands. The festival has been held every year since 1965 and was originally organized by immigrants from the Caribbean, particularly Trinidad, to the United Kingdom. It started as a protest against the racism, poor working and housing conditions that they suffered.

Today, the Notting Hill Carnival is a multicultural celebration, attracting over two million people. It is thought to be the second-largest street carnival in the world. In the past, a considerable amount of public disorder occurred around the event, but it has been calmer in recent years.

The carnival this year is not taking place on the streets of west London this summer due to the pandemic. Instead, there was an alternative events programme including a special Panorama event which was held on Saturday, August 28.

In normal years, you can join Londonís biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of west London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.

As of press time, the U.K. Embassy in Costa Rica had not announced any activity, in person or virtually, to celebrate this holiday with the expat community living in Costa Rica.

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