Sunday 5 April, 2020

It’s not NYE in T&T without these things

Traditions at this time of year are dime a dozen, but one tradition Trinidadians hold close is how they welcome a new year. 

Whether it’s with family at home or out on the town, it’s not New Year’s Eve without a few essentials. 

  1. Family 

What’s the turning of a new year without the company of those you love. By New Year’s Eve parang is still in the air, but there’s also a healthy mix of Soca coming into play. Even if you opt for something a little more lowkey to come down from the buzz of the season, there’s usually a special few around you when midnight rolls around. 

  1. Black eyed peas pelau 

Traditions says that black eyed peas in pelau signifies good luck and prosperity in the new year. Many family gatherings start with the dish with a side of coleslaw and other additions.  

  1. Church 

Regardless of denomination, many Christian churches hold New Year’s Eve services. Many believers see communing with God as the best way to start the new chapter. 

  1. Fireworks 

Over the years, the voices encouraging safer and quieter firework practices have gotten louder and more impactful. Even so, the tradition of lighting fireworks to signify the start of the new year stands strong. Keep in mind, you’re supposed to get permission from the Commissioner of Police before your display. Adhere to all safety practices and remember to respect each other. Major firework distributors have begun selling silent fireworks which are ideal for use in areas with pets and young children. 


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