The History of Trinidad & Tobago

Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is an annual event held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago. The event is well known for participants’ colourful costumes and exuberant celebrations. Carnival is the most significant event on the islands’ cultural and tourism calendar, with numerous cultural events such as “band launch fetes” running in the lead up to the street parade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. It is said that if the islanders are not celebrating it, then they are preparing for it, while reminiscing about the past year’s festival. Traditionally, the festival is associated with calypso music; however, recently Soca music has replaced calypso as the most celebrated type of music. Costumes, stick-fighting and limbo competitions are also important components of the festival. Carnival as it is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago is also celebrated in cities worldwide. These these including Toronto’s Caribana, Miami’s Miami Carnival, Houston Carifest, London’s Notting Hill Carnival as well as New York City’s Labor Day Carnival to name a few….Read More

"Carnival 2019"

Port of Spain, our bustling capital city, is filled with an enchanting myriad of art galleries and restaurants. At the National Museum you can delve into the culture of our country and its diverse people. If you prefer to be more laid back and take your time discovering our treasures, we also have our share of quiet quality. Once part of the South American mainland, Trinidad, with its boot-like shape measuring 37 miles (80km) by 50 miles (60 km), boasts an ecological and geographical diversity unmatched in the region. The gorgeous, sandy beaches along our North Coast provide the perfect atmosphere for seclusion, rest and recreation. Dominated by densely forested peaks, the northern interior offers excellent hiking trails framed by canopies of lush, indigenous rain forest, while the low, predominantly agricultural plains of Central Trinidad strike a fascinating contrast.

“According to those on social media, the first time you hear Kes the Band perform “Savannah Grass” live, there is some deep-rooted euphoria that you experience.Intentionally or not, the song has deep roots in the foundation of Carnival.On the significance of the Savannah and Carnival, writer and Carnival historian Attillah Springer said: “It was a part of the Peschier plantation. And while it is absolutely possible there are remains of enslaved people under there, the larger issue is that it was a site of labour for enslaved people, and the fact that it was a place that we celebrate freedom is significant.” The song’s lyrics celebrate who we are as a people from Jouvert to Ash Wednesday, and also encompasses the notion of coming together to seek freedom in the Savannah grass. When combined with the vocal capabilities of Kes the Band’s lead vocalist, Kees Dieffenthaller, and the musical prowess of the band, it’s easy now to ­understand why the song resonates with the people on a spiritual level.”…..Click Here