Emancipation Day, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, was celebrated in the streets with many types of colourful and elaborate traditional African clothing and headpieces being worn by both men and women. Trinidad and Tobago. 1st August 2011
Emancipation is usually celebrated annually across the Anglophone Caribbean. It is a time for persons of African ancestry to reflect on the perils of slavery and how the monstrous atrocity against a section of humans was officially abolished. Celebrations at this time, while mainly attracts the overt celebration by people of African ancestry, also witnesses the support and embrace of the celebration by people of other ancestral lineages. This year on “August Monday”, as it is referred to, it was most striking to see a great display of African clothing designs and elaborate headpieces in the streets of Port of Spain. Several government dignitaries including Prime Minister the Hon Kamla Persaud-Bisessar and Minister of Culture and Multiculturalism the Hon Winston “Gypsy” Peters were in attendance.