The image above was featured in Calendar 2015: Colors of T&T

The Ganga Dashara festival takes place on the last weekend in May along the Marianne River in Blanchisseuse, Trinidad. Hindu devotees spend a week prior to the festival cleaning it and preparing the Ganga Dhara site for pilgrims who will come to perform pujas and receive blessings reminiscent of those practices their Indian ancestors performed over a century ago and still do today.

These Hindu practices, performed also by some West African ancestry, on the banks of a river which carries the french name for washerwoman, form part of the diversity and color that is Trinidad and Tobago. Yesterday was the public holiday, Arrival Day, in Trinidad & Tobago to commemorate indentured laborers who replaced enslaved Africans on the plantations following emancipation. There is so much to celebrate and discover.

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