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A team of of writers discovering Trinidad & Tobago for 26 years and counting!

The flambeaux street procession is a hallmark of Emancipation celebrations. Photo by Maria Nunes

Emancipation Day

Celebrated on 1 August to commemorate the end of slavery in the British colonies (1838), Emancipation Day — a public holiday — is marked with street processions (a morning procession, including towering moko jumbies, and a flambeaux-lit Canboulay procession in the evening); religious and spiritual observances; cultural shows and performances (dance, music, and theatre, including

Worship at a Muslim Mosque in Trinidad. Photo: Edison Boodoosingh

Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr, often shortened locally to just “Eid” (and sometimes spelt Eid al-Fitr internationally), marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan — the ninth month of the Muslim year, according to the sighting of the new, or crescent, moon. On the day Eid is declared, observances customarily begins before sunrise, with prayer and the

Courtesy Cascade Festival Ballet

The Cascade Festival Ballet presents Ballet’s Got Style

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018, the Cascade Festival Ballet invites dance lovers to step inside a dancer’s mind as they present Ballet’s Got Style: Passion & Style — Complete Devotion to the Art at the Queen’s Hall. Founded in 1996 by Caroline Potter-Vilain as the performing company of the Bentley Potter School

Dancers perform for Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad. Photo: Edison Boodhoosingh

Indian Arrival Day

This national public holiday (30 May) commemorates the arrival of the first indentured labourers from India on the Fatel Rozack in 1845, following the Emancipation of African slaves in 1838. Waves of indentured immigrants arrived at Nelson Island, off the coast of Chaguaramas, before being sent to various estates where the living conditions were often

Misty morning in Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve. Photo by Kevin Sammy

Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve declared a National Heritage Site

Local authorities eye UNESCO World Heritage Site listing next Minister of Planning & Development Camille Robinson-Regis has announced that the Trinidad & Tobago government has declared the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago a National Heritage Site under the National Trust Act. It is also one of the Forest and Protected Areas of T&T. This allows

Courtesy Tobago Mountain Bike Tours

May MTB Madness promises a mountain biking extravaganza in Tobago

On the 5th and 6th of May, a new type of cycling event will take place in Tobago as the inaugural May MTB Madness — an off-road cycling event featuring two disciplines — takes centre stage. Presented by Tobago Mountain Bike Tours and Moon over Water Bar, and sanctioned by the Trinidad & Tobago Cycling

Erykah Badu performs at the Tobago Jazz Experience. Photo courtesy the THA

The Tobago Jazz Experience

Each April there is jazz! Jazz on the beach, jazz in bars and lounges, jazz in the park, jazz everywhere! For four years, the Plymouth International Jazz Festival headlined pop, R&B, hip-hop, soca, and jazz stars from around the world. The Tobago Jazz Experience replaced the Plymouth Jazz Festival in 2009, featuring some of the

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day is celebrated in March. Photo by Chris Anderson

Spiritual (Shouter) Baptist Liberation Day

Celebrated on 30 March, Spiritual (Shouter) Baptist Liberation Day commemorates the abolition of the colonial-era British-instituted Shouters Prohibition Ordinance. In 1917, the Ordinance was enacted and for 34 years this syncretic religion (a mix of Christian and African Orisha elements) was banned, ostensibly, for no greater reason than the loud sounds of their singing and clapping

Waterfall. Photograph by Ariann Thompson

Trinidad hiking and outdoor adventures

Some of Trinidad’s most popular hikes — from easy waterfall hikes, to caves with over a million bats, and the country’s most grueling climb

Goat racing is popular at Great Fete as well as during the Easter long weekend. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

Easter Goat and Crab Racing in Buccoo and Mt. Pleasant

Buccoo Goat & Crab Racing Festival, and Mt. Pleasant Goat Race Perhaps the most unique of all Tobagonian traditions is the Goat and Crab Races. At Easter time, only Friday and Monday are official holidays, but Easter Tuesday is not really a day for work in Tobago: people head to Buccoo in droves for the

Siparee/Supari Mai or the Black Madonna/Virgin at the Church of La Divina Pastora (the Divine Shepherdess) in Siparia. Photo: Ariann Thompson/MEP Publishers

The Miracle Mother — La Divina Pastora, Siparee/Supari Mai, the Black Madonna

In what was once a Capuchin pilgrimage church of the same name in Siparia — a town settled by the first Spanish colonists — stands a dark-skinned statue of the Virgin Mary as La Divina Pastora (the Divine Shepherdess). But this is not her only name, and Catholics are not the only ones who celebrate her.