Emancipation Day Celebrations

 

Recently , I visited the Emancipation Day Celebrations held at the paddock area of the Queen's Park Savannah. The experience was an enlightening one , for I had never attended any sort of emancipation celebrations before and I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout . People came all dressed up in their African outfits made from some of the finest material I've ever seen which they seemed to be most  willing to show it off for the camera. There were also many other colourful and interesting items on display including , furniture, jewelry and craft, most of which were on sale at very reasonable prices.

 In all , the experience was both enlightening and entertaining and I would definitely recommend it to others. So next time emancipation day rolls around make sure and check out the celebrations and learn a little more about your culture.

 

The Sphinx. Mounted in commemoration  of Emancipation Day.

 

Beautiful Sculptures and Ornaments produced here in T&T by some of the more talented amongst us.

 

Mazanare. A locally made line of traditional African furniture. 

Bags, Bracelets, Earrings etc. 

 

Preaching the word. This brother drew a decent sized crowd as he spoke about African culture and how it has been forgotten over the years. He and his followers seemed very militant and reminded me allot of the Nation of Islam.

 

Traditional African garments. I remember seeing people wear these things back in the early 70's when I was a child. Actually, I think my mom used to dress me up in them, back in days when I had my FRO !

 

Isn't this a nice picture ? This was one of the many beautiful garments on display at the market. Painstakingly hand painted, it was on sale for $150. Not bad considering the quality of the work. 

Just Chillin.  This brother was caught having a meal on some sort of rocking chair thingy :) It seemed pretty cool, so I decided to take a picture of it.

 

 

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