Trinidad and Tobago has been referred to as a "bona fide expression of life's energy and an experience that you will return to time and time again". As a student in Trinidad and Tobago, you have the opportunity to be part of an untold number of great experiences. Many cultures and races form the population, and there are an equal number of cultural and ethnic events throughout the year. Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago has been dubbed "the greatest show on earth". The festival occurs two days before the beginning of the Lenten season, but there is a build up to the finale over a four-week period. Many students actively participate in the Carnival celebrations, either as spectators, or, more often, as masqueraders.