Eid-al-Fitr is a time of gratitude, happiness and peace. It allows us to reflect on our blessings while promoting togetherness among communities. In Trinidad and Tobago, Eid-al-Fitr celebrations are not only limited to the Muslim population as many persons from different religions join with their Muslim brothers and sisters on this day in unity and harmony.
Category: Culture & Arts
The proposed ‘Taste of Carnival’ that was launched for citizens to enjoy and to bring some much-needed relief to those who depend on the sector for their livelihood, was a clear example of how we unfairly treat those who lack money and status. Leaving one to think about the oppression felt within Carnival, an oxymoron that does not contradict when you pay close attention to the events that occurred this year.
This piece isn’t about dwelling on the negatives – but rather debunking the ‘airy fairy’ assumptions we have about the indentureship experience.
By Larissa Hosein “I have me pride and I have me ambition, I want to…
Wire bending is one of the most integral parts of Trinbago Carnival. It is often viewed as the engine of mas making. Sunday Market Network sat down with four stalwarts in the wire bending community Art Brown, Roger Hicks, Ernesto Jardine and Robert Miller who have been in the business for years and spoke about their views on Carnival now and then. Tune into this series where we learn more about the prestigious art form and even get a behind the scenes look as to how parts of your favorite pieces of your Carnival costume are created!
One of the most important traditional characters in Trinbago Carnival is the Moko Jumbie and last Saturday, Sunday Market Network visited Jaiso Mokos at the Queen’s Park Savannah where they hold their weekly stilt walking lessons. We also spoke to one of the leaders, Malique Toppin who is very passionate about keeping the art form alive and was even able to give us a little background about the history of the Moko Jumbie in T&T!
The fighting ground, traditionally known as The Gayelle, serves as the battlefield for opposing warriors who would challenge each other until one fighter is defeated. As such, there is no other location as fitting for the battle that will take place. Today’s modern day Stick Fighters are Traditional Carnival and Capitalism/Elitism.
Did you know that The First Peoples Community was only recognized by the Trinidad and Tobago Government in 1990? Did you know that this recognition only occurred because of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to Trinidad and Tobago? Well…neither did we.