Nevis Tea Meeting

Nevis Tea Meeting

Full moon night in summer
The pageant known as the Tea Meeting held on the island of Nevis in the West Indies probably developed from church fund-raising events in the 19th century. The characters include a King, his Queen, and their court. The King and Queen sit on a stage while costumed members of the audience get up and perform for them—singing, dancing, reciting poetry, or giving a speech. Tea (or some other hot drink) is served and ceremonial fruit, cakes, and kisses from the King and Queen are auctioned off. Then the King and Queen and their court give ironic speeches, followed by more audience acts. If there is enough participation from the audience, the pageant can go on all night. It is common for scoffers in the back of the room to make loud and obscene comments throughout the performance.
CONTACTS:
St. Kitts-Nevis Tourism Office
8720 Georgia Ave., Ste. 905
Silver Spring, MD 20910
877-533-1555 or 301-587-1555; fax: 301-587-0647
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 479