Holi is celebrated in the later part of March-April. This
festival was first celebrated in Trinidad around the year
1845. This festival of colours is celebrated with songs, music
A variety of watercolours are mixed and sprayed on all those
who participate in the celebrations and corresponding coloured
powder is smeared on their bodies as well.
A special type of folk song called Chowtal is sung during
the course of the festival and the music is usually played
with two instruments. The dholak (a hand drum) and the majeera
(cymbals or percussion instrument).
The music is fast paced and provokes dancing and the Chowtal
songs are sung rather loudly and are high pitched. Together,
they produce a rich cultural blend of talents and skills.
Trinidad and Tobago,
Diwali the Hindu festival of lights was brought to Trinidad
and Tobago by Hindus who came to these parts as indentured
labourers in the year 1845. This is the largest Hindu festival
It is celebrated with the performance of Lakshme Pooja and
at night, thousands of earthen lamps called Deeyas are lit
to dispell darkness.