Divali will be celebrated on Thursday, November 4 this year. The holiday was officially declared by President Paula Mae Weekes in the Public Holidays and Festivals Act.Oct 7, 2021
Divali is the Festival of Lights that symbolizes the lifting of spiritual darkness and will be observed in Trinidad and Tobago on October 29, 2016. It is observed and celebrated as a national holiday which unifies the nation in the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious Trinidadian society.
|Observed by||Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, some Buddhist (notably Newar Buddhists).|
|Type||Cultural, seasonal, religious|
|Celebrations||Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (worship ceremonies), gifts, performing religious rituals, feast and sweets|
Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali , which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
Indentured labourers were brought to Trinidad from India between 1845 and 1917. The Ramleela began in Trinidad soon after the arrival of the indentured labourers, in fact within the first forty years of their coming to Trinidad (Balkaransingh 2010, 95).
The Muslim festival of Eid–ul–Fitr and the Hindu Festival of Divali are observed as public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. Divali is usually celebrated in October or November of each year. When a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the Monday immediately following.
Simple Diwali wishes “Happy Diwali and a wonderful new year!” “Wishing you a bright and happy Diwali !” “Prayers for love and light to you and your family!” “From our family to yours, wishes for love, peace and prosperity!” “May hope and happiness shine on you.” “May Diwali find you surrounded by happiness and love.”
The main day of celebration varies regionally. The first day of Diwali is called Dhanvantari Triodasi or Dhan Teras . The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi. It is the fourteenth lunar day (thithi) of the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik and the eve of Diwali.
Diwali : Festival of Lights In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali , or the Festival of Lights. It’s a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps. Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live.
Shopping and exchanging gifts are a big part of the celebration with new clothes, jewelry, sweets, diyas (traditional oil lamps), and firecrackers topping the list of gifts given. The significance in giving gifts is simple: To show love and honor to those you hold dear.
Halloween is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday , October 31, 2021 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United States.
Hosay is an Islamic festival observed by Shi’a Muslims throughout the world. The celebration was brought to Trinidad as early as 1845. In many Islamic countries, this tradition takes a more solemn religious tone as it is considered a time of mourning for the martyred.