Couva residents saw Indian Arrival Day celebrations at the Couva Savannah on Saturday as a grand function was hosted by the St. Andrew’s St. Youth, Sports & Cultural Group in collaboration with the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, MP’s Ramona Ramdial and Rudranath Indarsingh.
This function included entertainment by a live Indian Art Orchestra, dancers, Tassa drummers, cook-out competition and presentation of appreciation awards to residents who made outstanding contributions to development of the area.
“Our ancestors came to the Caribbean to seek a better life for their families and for themselves, and from this emanated a fusion of cultural diversity. We have much to be proud of”, said MP Ramdial in her speech at the celebration.
Ramdial continued, “Indians have contributed to our country’s development in all sectors. Five generations have gone and our children continue to contribute to Trinidad & Tobago. We have developed our unique Trinbagonian culture which has placed us on the world map as a warm people. Luckily for us, all races and religions have been able to coexist harmoniously since arriving to the Caribbean region. We are an example for the world to follow when it comes to racial harmony and diversity”.
She thanked Indo-Trinbagonians for the contributions they have made to the development of Trinidad & Tobago over the past 168 years and wished residents a Happy Indian Arrival Day 2013.