Trinidad & Tobago Emancipation Day Date: August 3
Trinidad & Tobago celebrates Emancipation Day as a public holiday.
Emancipation Day is celebrated in many nations in the Americas. The dates do vary from country to country. This is because of the difference in the date on which they accepted or implemented the emancipation policy and abolished slavery. Thus, emancipation day is the day on which slavery was banned and all the slaves got freedom, which was like unbelievable truth for them. The slavery practice was one of the long practices in Americas, where mostly Africans were slaved, for different work purposes. The emancipation day is celebrated on August 1 every year in Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago Emancipation Day History
An emancipation bill was first created in the year 1833. In this year, a bill was passed by the government in order to get all the slaves free, but they were not slaved and got emancipated. That was enough to bring joy and celebrations for all the slaves in America. However, news was in the air that complete freedom would be granted to those slaves, who will be accept to be apprenticed to their former master for minimum of 4 years. However, very soon the system of slavery was abolished, which provided the slaves with complete freedom.
On August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country to offer national holiday in order to celebrate the auspicious day of emancipation, commonly called emancipation Day. Thus, the day is celebrated with great Zeal and Enthusiasm throughout the country. The abolishment of slavery was well accepted and celebrated in every country.
Trinidad & Tobago Emancipation Day Traditions and Activities
Emancipation Day has great significance all over the world. The slavery system, which was in-human as well as unkind, got abolished. It was one of the most important and vital changes that occurred. The slaves in Trinidad were great in numbers. There were several states in Trinidad which were operated by slaves. The average slave’s number was 7 and 24 in the country respectively. Thus, abolishment of slavery was not to be welcomed in Trinidad and Tobago so well, but eventually it was welcomed very properly. Not only welcomed, but it is celebrated and today, counted amongst one of the countries, which offer public holiday on this auspicious Day.
Thus, abolishment of slavery on the emancipation day brought several impacts to the society. It bridged up the huge gap between human, which could have widened if it would not have been there. This is the reason why it has so much importance. The day has its own significances all over the world. The day is celebrated remembering all those great people who gave in their great contribution, and thus got this greatest act of kindness done.
Apart from kindness, the Emancipation Day also helped in bringing up equality amongst people. Thus, it helped in binding people together for the betterment and enlistment of the country. We all know that if slavery was practiced till today, our world would have never developed up to this level, and would have been much behind than its present level.