Saturday, September 18, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Trinidad and Tobago

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It is a good idea to greet a stranger before asking a question. It is best to avoid strangers when you are not in the company of others. Nude or topless bathing is prohibited in Trinidad and Tobago.

Many Trinbagonians like to discuss sports. As it is a former British colony, these discussions usually revolve around cricket and football (football).

Several of the world’s major religions are well represented in Trinidad and Tobago. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Baha’i are popular. Judaism is not very popular and is mainly practised by expatriates. Atheism and agnosticism are not widespread, although many people have agnostic beliefs without being openly agnostic.

Although Trinidad has a large Indian Hindu community, there are no taboos that Westerners would find difficult to get used to. The cow is not so sacred as to prohibit eating beef or wearing leather, although Hindus do not eat beef (a few ultra-conservative Hindus may take offence, but they are very, very few).

Trinidadians can be extremely friendly and hospitable – especially to guests who share their religion. Don’t forget to bring small gifts as a thank you, as some visitors who had no intention of visiting or staying with the locals end up doing so.

Some houses (including some guest houses) in rural areas are not connected to an underground water system. However, they may have running water from a large, round, black outdoor tank. If you stay in such a place, be sure to conserve water, especially during the dry season (or all year round if the tank does not collect rainwater from the roof). If the tanks run dry, tankers may be available to fill them. But underground running water can also be rationed in the dry season. In short, if you are not staying in a big hotel, find out about the water situation.