Happy Holidays to everyone from Island Vignettes!
~ Feliz Navidad (Spanish), Joyeux Noël (French), Geseënde Kersfees (Afrikaan), Frohe Weihnachten (German), Milad Majid (Arabic), Vrolijk Kerstfeest (Dutch), С Рождеством (Russian), Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Irish), God Jul (Swedish), Καλά Χριστούγεννα (Greek) ~
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This is such a special season and my favourite time of year. Here in the islands, we often spend time in church giving honour to Jesus Christ – the reason for the season. Family dinners, lunches, friends – lots of food and lots of alcohol, dancing and general merriment abounds. In Trinidad and Tobago the Christmas season starts around mid-October and the traditional music – Parang begins in earnest; carols are heard everywhere, company dinners, elegant evening attire and a general feeling of goodwill prevails.
This year I gave up both the Trinbagonian and Jamaican Christmas in favour of some quality time in Haiti. What an experience this was! I am pleased to announce that I will be giving honour to this by dedicating the month of January to my Haitian sojourn – the life, the people, the culture, the history and much much more…
January also marks the anniversary of the devastating earthquake the rocked Haiti three years ago.
Happy Holidays to you and yours once again! Do enjoy this Christmas rhythm & parang song – both Fedexed direct from Trinidad & Tobago to your living room 🙂
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