Customs and traditions
Trinidad and Tobago's mixed population is reflected
in a diverse range of traditions and customs. It is not
so common for Indotrinidadians to marry Afrotrinidadians.
For most people, however, the rhythm of life is calm and
"laid back", time is often somewhat relative. Stress is
not so common on the islands.
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Most islanders at the same time enjoy partying (to
lime), preferably with plenty of food, drinks and music
(see Culture). The capital Port of Spain is known for
its nightlife. The most important party of all is the
annual carnival, which takes place seven weeks before
Easter. It has its roots in both West African music and
mythology and in European masquerade parties and is
considered the largest and best carnival in the entire
National sports cricket is extremely popular.
What you eat
The mixed population of Trinidad and Tobago is also
reflected in the food, which includes flavors from
India, Creole cuisine, China, the Middle East and Italy.
The breakfast often consists of fruits such as
bananas, pineapple, oranges, guava and watermelon. For
main course, you prefer to eat curry chicken, potatoes,
shrimp, goat, duck and roti (a kind of thin
bread roll with curry seasoned meat and vegetables for
example). Mango, chickpeas and pumpkin are often served.
Local specialties are brown down (stewed
chicken, beef or pork with vegetables and rice, figs,
jams or plane beans, sweet potatoes or cassava pie),
bake and shark (spicy shark roast with salad and
strong sauces in a "dish") as well as callalo(a
kind of leaf, cooked together with pumpkin, okra and
lots of spices).
The islands have a rich selection of fish (fly
fishing, kingfish, char, bonito and shark) and seafood
(crab, shrimp, conch, a kind of giant snail, and
For dessert, for example, you can get guava, sponge
cake or ice cream with flavors like coconut, passion
fruit and peanut and more.
In the drink route there are, among other things,
coconut milk, local punch, ginger beer and domestically
produced beer (such as Carib and Stag) as well as rum.
In Trinidad and Tobago there are many holidays, both
religious and secular. New Year's Day is a holiday. On
March 30, Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day celebrates
the fact that a law in 1951 repealed a ban on the
practice of a religion that blends Christianity with
African customs. On May 30, the arrival of the Indians
on Trindad (Indian Arrival Day) is celebrated. On August
1, Emancipation Day celebrated the abolition of slavery.
Independence Day is celebrated on August 31 and
Republic Day on September 24.
In addition to Easter and Christmas, the feast of
Christ's body (Corpus Christi) is also celebrated, two
months after Easter. Other religious holidays are the
Hindu light festival diwali (dipvali) and id al-fitr,
which ends the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Both
fall on different dates each year.
Trinidad and Tobago have a well-developed
road network that was refurbished in the early 2000s.
But the congestion is great, even though the major roads
are four-lane, there is often traffic congestion. Public
transport is handled by buses.
There are two major ports in Trinidad, in Port of
Spain and Point Lisas, and one in Scarborough in Tobago.
In addition, there are also some specialized ports for
oil exports. Between the two islands there are several
boat connections every day. A former ferry link between
Trinidad and Venezuela closed in 2014 as a result of the
unrest in the South American country.
The islands each have an international airport with
direct connections to Europe and countries in North and
South America. Caribbean Airlines is the largest airline
in the Caribbean and is based at Piarco Airport in