Happy Republic Day to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago! 🙂
What is Republic Day all about?
Although Trinidad and Tobago gained independence on August 31st 1962 Her Majesty the Queen remained the Queen of Trinidad and Tobago and all citizens continued to owe allegiance to Her.
The citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago after many years of being a monarchy decided that Trinidad and Tobago should no longer be required to owe allegiance to the Queen and should become a Republic having a Head of State from within.
Out of this desire came the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Act, 1976. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is governed by a bicameral Parliament. The Constitution provides for a President, a Prime Minister and a Cabinet system of Government under which Ministers are responsible to the legislature and, through it, to the country.
Truth be told although Republic day is celebrated on September 24th every year Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic on August 1, 1976. We celebrate the event as a public holiday on September 24th because this is the date when the first Parliament met under the new Republican Constitution.
How is Republic Day celebrated?
Various ceremonies are held throughout the island such as the President’s speech to the nation, have parades along with other festivities and feasts. Some people celebrate this day by making delicious food and sharing it with family and relatives.
Some schools even have their students perform various patriotic events just one day prior to the public holiday. Some people celebrate the day by watching horses race in the Royal Oak Derby at the Arima Race Club.
However, you choose to celebrate Republic day let us never forget what this freedom means as we are ultimately responsible for our own actions. We should strive to not only live in peace with each other but respect each other also.
Have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂