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Category: Festivals — Trinidad

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

Hosay in Trinidad

What This lively Trinidadian incarnation of Islamic Muharram observances, celebrated chiefly by the Shia Muslim community, was brought to the island by Indian indentured immigrants, who came to Trinidad between 1845 and 1917 to work the sugar plantations. The observances commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein (the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson) and the later murder of his

Trinidad Carnival 2020: what you need to know

From traditions with deep sacred, cultural roots in the island’s history, to parties pumping so hard you might seriously forget your name, and a street party like no other anywhere in the world, here we’ll introduce you to how the Trinidad Carnival season unfolds. Once you get a sense of what’s on offer, you’ll know what you want to indulge in, and — as we say here — “play yuhself”!

Trinidad & Tobago celebrations & festivals in 2020

Few things speak more eloquently to Trinidad and Tobago’s reputation as a place where people like to party, and as a multi-cultural melange, than the quantity and variety of festivals on the national calendar.

Trinidad: a flow of festivals [updated for 2020]

This festival island constantly celebrates life, creativity, and diversity – Archbishop Desmond Tutu called T&T a “rainbow nation”. These are some of our most distinctive annual celebrations

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

Bunji Garlin revs up the crowd. Photo by Aaron Richards

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

Obatala Festival. Photo by Maria Nunes

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