Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 55 years of independence today. In honor of the milestone, here are five facts about the twin islands.
Before 1988, Trinidad and Tobago were separate territories. The two islands are the main islands, but the terrority also consists of smaller islands.Tobago’s name derives from the Carib word, Tavaco, which was a word used to describe a tobacco pipe. Trinidad comes from the word lere, which means humming bird.
The black represents the bond of the people. Red represents the vitality of the land; it is the warmth and energy of the sun, the courage and friendliness of the people. White is the purity of the people’s aspirations and the equality under the sun.
T&T’s national dish is callaloo, a spicy coconut milk based side dish of African origin. It is mainly served with crab. Pelau is also popular dish on the twin islands. The dish consists of rice, meat and chickpeas. Roti and doubles are also favorites there.
Calypso was created in T&T as early as the 17th century when slaves who could not join the French-originated carnival, started they own. After mass migration of East Indians to the country, chutney music was born. In 1963, soca sprung its roots when Indian instruments were added to calypso.
All around the world, Trinidad and Tobago is best known for its carnival. The annual carnival takes place the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It opens with J’Ouvert at 4 a.m. Later in the day on Monday and on Tuesday, masqueraders have a grand to do.