Christmas is known to be a religious observance of Christianity celebrating the birth of Christ. However, in Trinidad and Tobago Christmas has expanded well beyond religion to come a cultural celebration.
The entire month of December is a very joyous season. Christmas is celebrated with large gatherings of families and friends sharing sumptuous meals all while opening gifts that are under the Christmas tree.
In Trinidad and Tobago visitors known as paranderos are invited to partake in the celebrations as they go from house to house evoking the spirit of the season by serenading families with indigenous Spanish carols, known as Parang.
This year with the Covid-19 pandemic still a threat, the Christmas celebrations may exclude the house to house ‘paranging’ but persons are sure to celebrate and enjoy the season at home with family.