As we head towards our nation’s 57th Independence anniversary, we decided to highlight some of the things that make this country great.
Our multiracial society is unlike any other, with a mix of arguably the most diverse population for a country its size. As a result of colonialism, slavery and indentureship, our tiny twin island republic has become home to every creed and race imaginable; and while we do not always see eye to eye regarding certain issues, we still appreciate each other as “Trinis” and “Bagonians”, and that’s something worth preserving and celebrating.
The myriad of influences has led to a truly unique Caribbean culture. This melting pot has nurtured the creation of our own distinct art forms: Steelpan, on record as being the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as Tassa, Calypso, Chutney and Soca. These are ours, we invented them. There’s something magical about that, don’t you think? Whether it’s chipping down the road to a “Groovy Soca” tune or rocking back at the riverside and taking in the chutney vibes, we’re constantly immersed in a culture borne of diversity, inclusion and acceptance.
We’ve taken dishes from the mother countries of our ancestors and adapted them to suit our palette, even Mario’s, Trinidad and Tobago’s favorite pizza, is made using cheddar cheese rather than the traditional mozzarella, as we Trinis love a bit more flavour to our cheese. We just love adding flavour. Where else in the world can you buy a fried fish sandwich and have a literal buffet of condiments and toppings to put on it?!
That’s just the way we like it as we celebrate our 57th!