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Mango Festival, St. Peter’s Day and Film Screening: Find out what makes Trinidad and Tobago so special!

The majority of the population comprises of the people of African and Indian descent, with people of mixed race, that adds to the diversity of the ethnic mix of the country

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Trinidad and Tobago. Image source: truenomads.com

The Twin island country, Trinidad and Tobago is full of surprises! Located in South America, the Trinidad and Tobago’s population stands at 1,328,019. The majority of the population comprises of the people of African and Indian descent, with people of mixed race, European, Chinese as well as Middle Eastern ancestry that add to the diversity of the ethnic mix of the country.

Three events that make Trinidad and Tobago full of surprises and special are listed below:

  • Mango Festival, Macoya Market

To celebrate the goodness of Mango, Trinidad and Tobago Mango Festival was held on Sunday,  July 3, 2016, at the National Marketing Development Corporation’s Market in Macoya. This annual mango festival showcases a wide variety of locally-grown mangoes as well as mango products and is organised by the Network of Rural Women Producers of Trinidad and Tobago. This year, in 2016, marked the 21 years of service to rural women and hence the celebration was done on a grand scale.

Mango Festival Trinidad. Image Source: nrwptt.net

The idea of the festival is to pay tribute to the economic potential and diversity of mangoes, that is considered as the king of tropical fruits by the people of Trinidad and Tobago. The festival will feature the fun-filled themes of various mango varieties and will also showcase the various products made from Mangoes.

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The objectives of the festival included to make people aware of the benefits of eating mangoes, positive effects of Mango on health, to support enrollment of women in mango industry, to showcase the benefits of mango industry, to reveal the exploitation of mango fruit and to create awareness and educate people about the potential and growth of Mango festival in attracting large number of tourists.

Different products made up of mango. Image Source: news.co.tt
Mango Festival, Macoya Market. Photo: Kumar Mahabir

The festival is one of the largest local food events in the city and attracts a large number of people across the globe. Several delegates also took part in the event and there were activities for children as well, which made it a fun event for people of all ages.

  • St. Peter’s Day in the coastal village of Carenage

The celebration of the birthday of the Biblical fisherman, Saint Peter on June 29 is known as St. Peter’s Day. This day is widely celebrated by all the fishermen across the globe. To make this day special and to mark this day, a special service in the church  is organised as well as a market fair in the churchyard. There is more to this festival, the highlight is a street procession leading to the blessing of the boats and the fishermen by a Roman Catholic priest in the sea.

Saint Peter is an important figure in Christianity and is of great significance for Christians, especially for Roman Catholicism. The festival is regarded as a historical occasion and is centred on the sea, fish, and fisherman in particular. This is so because, according to the biblical story, St. Peter was one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles and also a fisherman.

St Peter's Day celebrations. Image source: Kumar Mahabir
St Peter’s Day celebrations. Photo: Kumar Mahabir

The day begins with a traditional 8 a.m. church service at the St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Carenag, that is conducted by local Archbishop Edward Gilbert. The church is filled with churchgoers who come to celebrate the ritual celebration with family as well as friends. They are also entertained by costumed girls in Caribbean wear with baskets in hands.

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St Peter's Day celebrations. Image source: Kumar Mahavir
St Peter’s Day celebrations. Photo: Kumar Mahabir

Also, many young people leave the procession in between at the fishing centre to join the fishermen riding on their boats for the blessing for their boats. It was followed by silent prayers by the adults.

In the evening, the roads get crowded with merry making and people dancing marked the end of the festival and the villagers return to their respective towns on the last day of the event.

Film screening at UWI Film Programme Building

Directed by Gideon Hanoomansingh, “Calcutta To The Caribbean- An Indian Journey” is a documentary film tells the history of Indians who went to the Caribbean and how the abolition of slavery brought these workers to the sugar plantations.

In 1845, on May 30, a small sailing ship weighing 415 tonnes, the Fatel Rozack, was tied up at the lighthouse jetty in Port of Spain, Trinidad. After almost a 3 months and 6-days voyage from Kolkata (then Calcutta), around the southern tip of Africa and across the southern Atlantic, it came to Trinidad.

Film screening at UWI Film Programme Building, Image source: Kumar Mahabir
Film screening at UWI Film Programme Building, Image source: Kumar Mahabir

The details mentioned here are just mere glimpses of their lives, the documentary holds in it much more. One has to watch it, to get closer to the lives of these Indian labourers, share their struggle and unsaid pain. One journey that doomed their lives forever! Their experiences were akin to slavery.

The film was screened on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Film Programme, UWI, #12 Carmody St., St. Augustine. This was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival, this year in 2016.

 

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Thrill of 27th Annual Pan African Festival

One of the main goals of the festival is to create dialogue and education through film and the arts.

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Linus has used the power of the media to bring awareness to child marriage, which affects girls around the world. Pixabay

More than 100 artisans and 170 films from around the world are being showcased at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

The multiday event in the largely African American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills aims to connect Africans to people of African descent from around the world.

“As a result of the slave trade and colonization, African people are spread all over the planet, so we get a chance through this festival, get a chance to know each other,” said the festival’s executive director, Ayuko Babu.

Film, fine art, fashion and jewelry with Africa as inspiration are all featured at the festival.

“I never think of us as African American. I think of us as Africans in America, and in coming from that perspective, the ancestral lineage of art and Africa is beyond belief,” said jewelry artist Henry Baba Osageyfo Colby of Timbuktu Art Colony.

FILE - Nigerian filmmaker and actress Stephanie Okereke Linus poses for a photograph during a ceremony to unveil her as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, March 8, 2017.
Nigerian filmmaker and actress Stephanie Okereke Linus poses for a photograph during a ceremony to unveil her as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, March 8, 2017. VOA

Film festival

Filmmakers from around the world, such as Nigerian director and actress Stephanie Linus, also attended the festival.

“Connecting all of us to film that is especially about us and we can see a reflection of ourselves and tell our stories and get a better understanding about where I’m coming from,” said Linus, who presented her movie, Dry, at the festival.

The film is about child marriage and the devastating effects of the practice. It is a social issue in Nigeria that surprised Linus when she first learned about it while attending college.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, can you believe that we’re living in the same country? We’re having two totally different experiences.’ We in the south (of Nigeria) are able to go to school, have an education, decide what happens to our bodies, and there’s some people up in the north where they don’t even have those choices.”

Linus has used the power of the media to bring awareness to child marriage, which affects girls around the world.

“I’m happy that people have taken proactive action because we screened the movie in Gambia and a month later, the government banned child marriage in Gambia,” Linus said.

Dialogue and education

One of the main goals of the festival is to create dialogue and education through film and the arts.

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“We know there’s profound things happening around the black world, and so this is a way to amplify that make people pay attention,” Babu said.

This year’s festival opened Feb. 7 and runs through Feb. 18. (VOA)