Bonhomme’s Arrow Sash
The red outfits, the arrowhead sash, tests of strength and skill, Bonhomme’s image, and even a sip of ‘caribou’ are traditions that go all the way back to the origins of the Québec Winter Carnival, some even further back.
The arrowhead sash, inspired by the Amerindian culture, has remained a symbol in Quebecois society thanks to the Québec Carnival. In the 19th century, this belt was used to tie jackets at the waist to prevent the cold from creeping in. It also supported the kidneys in moments of physical effort. It was both a practical and fashionable accessory, worn by both the bourgeois and the peasants. The belt and the red hat, linked directly to Québec folklore, are today considered the primary elements of Bonhomme’s outfit.
The best way to warm is moving and dancing, and to put you in the mood, nothing works better than the long red trumpets carnival-goers toot all along the parade circuits. So dress in something red, tie your belt on and hold on to your hat, because in Québec City, the tradition is to party like crazy!