Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Divali Nagar
Indo-Caribbean Divali Publication Ltd. ( IDP) wishes to announce the publication of its latest souvenir magazine – Divali 2011, Trinidad and Tobago. The theme of this edition of its annual magazine is “Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Divali Nagar.”
After Carnival, Divali is the second largest open-air national festival in multi-ethnic Trinidad and Tobago. The Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated by lighting of thousands of deyas [clay lamps] on decorative designs of split bamboo tubes. The lights twinkle in the shadows of free public performances by actors, models, drummers, dancers, musicians and singers. During the days and nights preceding Divali, non-Hindus and non-Indians actively join in the celebration by lighting deyas, wearing Indian clothes, and partaking in eating traditional Indian foods and sweets.
The Divali Nagar in central Trinidad has become the hub of all Divali celebrations in the island. Indeed the Nagar is the most frequented entertainment centre in the country during Divali second only to the Grand Stand in the Queen’s Park Savannah during Carnival. Performances take place on a grand stage at the centre of the park for nine nights attracting thousands of local visitors and foreign tourists. Sales and promotion booths include a commercial bank, clothes, fabrics, carpets, electronics, furniture, cars, household items, and of course a wide variety of food stalls. There are also educational booths providing information about alcoholism, yoga, astrology and the various sects of Hinduism. The bazaar [trade fair] also provides a perfect forum for showcasing the talent of both foreign and local performers in the field of song, music, dance and drama. The activities culminate with a magnificent display of fireworks.