Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Trini Tuesday-Indian Arrival Day


May 30 is a national holiday in Trinidad. In 1945, the 100th anniversary of the arrival of indentured servants from India aboard the Fath al Razak was celebrated as Indian Immigration Day. In the 1970s, smaller annual celebrations were often held in heavily Indian neighborhoods. PM, Patrick Manning declared it a national holiday in 1994. From 1847-1917, over 140,000 Indians came to Trinidad with the promise that after 5-7 years they could receive passage back to India.

Those who remained on the island and their descendants have made an indelible mark on the culture of Trinidad. Indian foods are commonly enjoyed by Trinis of all backgrounds. Indian textiles are widely available. Programs featuring classical dance and music and schools teaching these arts are common. There are many Hindu temples on the island and the larger ones often offer Hindi (Bhojpuri) classes. Occaissionally you may hear the Bhojpuri dialect spoken by the older generation. Even among non-Hindu speakers and non Indians, many Trinis use idioms with a distinct Indian bent to them. Chutney music is played openly alongside calypso and soca. Divali, Hosay, Eid-al Fitr, and Phagwah
are all national holidays, just as Christmas and Easter are. Remember, I tell yuh...a Trini does look for any chance to have a fete (party)?

Indians have held the highest office in Trinidad. Basdeo Panday was PM and Noor Hassanali held the post of President. Even in California, Mervyn Dymally, an Indo-Trini, was a State Assemblyman, US Congressman, and former Lieutentant Governor. Nobel Prize winning author, V.S. Naipaul, is perhaps the most famous Indo-Trinidadian.
Happy Arrival Day!


barefoot_mistress said...

A most festive arrival day to all the Trinindians!
Chalo yaar, this is such a cool post! XX

MyUtopia said...

I love the design of the picture. It is very pretty.

steve said...

wow that really is beautiful!

snavy said...

Happy Arrival Day!!

I just adore learning about Trinidad. It's so very interesting!

Breazy said...

I would really love to go to Trinidad and see all of this for myself ! It all sounds so exciting on your blog . Have a good one !

Bridget Jones said...

Double what Flea said. Who thinks up these designs and colors?? How gorgeous!!

Love this stuff...and how do you keep it all in your head, Lime?



ttfootball said...

Another great post Lime. U can prob tell I'm mixed from my pic. My grandfather was from India. I don't remember him at all tho :( oh well... But I CAN say curry is maybe my favourite food :) There's no better eating than at a Hindu wedding mmmmmmm

David said...

I just love it when cultures blend together.

logo™ said...

happy Arrival Day!

60 and counting said...

The little buggers get everywhere Huh?

I like the idea of parties.

Happy Arrival Day..