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Category: Trinidad

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

3canal performs at the Tobago Jazz Experience. Photo courtesy the THA

Stalwarts of Trinidad’s arts & culture | Roundtable

Discover T&T chatted with our roundtable — Laura Dowrich-Phillips, Maria Nunes, Franka Philip, Ardene Sirjoo, and Penelope Spencer — about their favourite Trinidadian artists, designers, musicians, writers, and more — plus where you can find their work

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Trinidad’s best nightlife & live entertainment | Roundtable

When in Rome… Or, in this case, Trinidad! Discover T&T talked to our roundtable — Penelope Spencer, Laura Dowrich-Phillips, and Nigel Campbell — to get their take on their favourite ways to kick back and enjoy a night out on the town

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

The Nariva river meets the Atlantic Ocean near Manzanilla. Photo by Jason Audain

Courtenay Rooks on Trinidad’s eco adventures | Q&A

Discover T&T talked to Courtenay Rooks — a tour operator, naturalist, and conservationist with decades of experience — about what makes Trinidad such a compelling destination for eco lovers and those looking for unique, immersive vacations

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

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

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