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Category: Festivals — Trinidad

Hands covered with colourful abir powder at Phagwa (Holi). Photo by Nyla Singh

Phagwa or Holi

Each March in Trinidad & Tobago, the Hindu community recognises the beginning of the Indian spring and the Hindu New Year in a joyful explosion of colour, enjoyed by Hindus and non-Hindus alike

Photo courtesy Lisa Faye

Laura Dowrich-Phillips on Trinidad’s arts, culture, and entertainment | Q&A

Veteran journalist Laura Dowrich-Phillips chatted with Discover T&T about all things culture and lifestyle — from her favourite Trinidad festivals, fetes, and hangouts, to authors, artists, designers, and culinary treats

A young member of the Laventille rhythm section plays during the Laventille steelband Festival. Photo by Maria Nunes

Maria Nunes on Trinidad’s festivals | Q&A

Celebrated photographer and cultural activist Maria Nunes chats with Discover T&T about Trinidad’s unique festivals and cultural heritage

Penelope Spencer on Trinidad’s arts, entertainment, and festivals

Renowned actress, writer, producer, and educator Penelope Spencer chatted with Discover T&T about her favourite aspects of Trinidad’s arts, culture, and entertainment

Candy Coated Love Fest is held on Carnival Friday. Photo courtesy Candy Coated Events

The best fetes for Trinidad Carnival & year round | Roundtable

Looking for the inside scoop on the best fetes during Trinidad Carnival, and all year ’round? Look no further. Our roundtable discussion with Nigel Cambpell, Laura Dowrich-Phillips, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, and Ardene Sirjoo has you covered!

Kaisokah moko jumbies. Photo by Jason Audain

Trinidad Carnival — the perfect itinerary | Roundtable

The depth and breadth of Trinidad’s Carnival activities can overwhelm anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the culture and the festivities. Our roundtable discussion with Maria Nunes, Nigel Campbell, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, and Ardene Sirjoo will help you develop your perfect itinerary

Muslim devotees at Hosay in Cedros prepare to push a tadjah out to sea after dusk. It is then moored overnight and dismantled on land the next morning. Photo by Giancarlo Lalsingh

Trinidad’s most cherished festivals | Roundtable

In addition to helping our readers find the perfect Carnival itinerary, we talked to our roundtable — Nigel Campbell, Maria Nunes, Penelope Spencer, Franka Philip, Ardene Sirjoo, and Laura Dowrich-Phillips — to learn which of Trinidad’s festivals they recommend everyone experience NIGEL: Islamophobia is a new wave in Western countries, but in Trinidad, the Muslim

Divali in Felicity, Trinidad. Photo: Ariann Thompson

Divali: the festival of lights

Divali is one of the most beautiful, unifying, and anticipated holidays of the year, celebrated by the Hindu faithful — and the nation as a whole

Fireworks. Photo by Kazim Daniel

Independence Day

Trinidad & Tobago Independence Day in a nutshell Independence Day — a public holiday — marks the occasion on 31 August, 1962 when Trinidad & Tobago’s became independent from Great Britain. The day is formally celebrated by a parades of the various protective services at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain and in Scarborough,

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