Republic Day in Trinidad And Tobago
In Trinidad and Tobago, Republic Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 24th of September. If that date happens to be a Sunday, then the holiday is moved to the following Monday so that all residents can have the opportunity to have the day off.
Although this holiday commemorates the country’s independence, it falls not on the date when the country’s new constitution was promulgated, but on the date when the country’s Parliament had its first session.
This date was chosen to make sure that it wouldn’t be confused with Independence Day. Because this is a National Holiday, it’s a day off for the population, and special celebratory events are held all across the country.
The History Of Republic Day In Trinidad And Tobago
On August 31st, 1962, Trinidad and Tobago proclaimed its independence from Great Britain. It remained a part of the British Commonwealth, however, and Queen Elizabeth II remained as the country’s head of state.
Trinidad and Tobago decided to get rid of the monarchy in 1976 and to become a republic within the greater British Commonwealth. On the 1st of August of that year, a new constitution was promulgated, and the country declared itself to be the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Sir Ellis Clarke, the former Governor-General, then became the country’s first president.
On September 24, 1976, the Republican Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago held its first session. It was then decided that this date should become the holiday Republic Day — a day that’s distinguished from Independence Day — but still celebrates the country’s sovereignty.
Observing Republic Day In Trinidad And Tobago
On this holiday, there’s a National Awards Ceremony that honors citizens who have contributed and made sacrifices for the country. There are also parades, festivals, concerts, and other events held on this holiday to celebrate the republic.