Hindu prayer flags
Favorite thing: As I noted previously, Hindu is dominant in Trinidad. When traveling around, regardless of urban or rural, beach or countryside, one cannot escape seeing the colorful Prayer Flags.
Each flag is dedicated to a particular deity. Each deity in return is the embodiment of a particular characteristic. For example, Saraswati is the giver of knowledge, learning and inspiration. Lakshmi is the giver of wealth and prosperity.
Active Hindus will other their prayers and Mantras to these deities (divas or devis) and place a flag in the ground. Placing the proper prayer may help pass the big test, give good health, etc.
Once in the ground, these flags cannot be removed. The only way they can be collected is after time, if they either break or fall over.
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Notice the Hindu culture
Favorite thing: T&T has quite a mix of ethnic groups, and in Trinidad, the Hindus are quite strong. No doubt this will be first apparent when you notice all of the Indian restaurants and Roti shops.
Then, there will be the temples and prayer flags.
However, if you have the fortunately opportunity to be in Trinidad during larger holidays, such as Divali (sometimes "the Festival of Lights"), the locals are very welcoming and open to sharing.
There is a fair ground located halfway between Port of Spain and Chaguanas, known as "Divali Nagar Site". During Divali, this will be busy will be Hindu music, dance and singing. Also stalls selling local crafts, Indian roti (pepper doubles will be the local favorite) and clothes.
(I will not take the time to explain Divali. It took me a few months in India to understand it properly. I suggest searching Wikipedia)
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Favorite thing: Trinidad in general, and Mt. St. Benedict in particular, is a birdwatchers' paradise. The towering trees in this tropical forest are alive with an amazing variety of birds. Just off the terrace of the Pax Guest House where we had tea, the hummingbird feeders were constantly beseiged. We were told that Trinidad is home to several dozen varieties of hummingbirds and too many other species of birds for me to list here. The guest house encouraged many different birds into the area through the placement of feeders. It is a good way to draw out birds that might not have made an appearance otherwise.
The national bird of Trinidad is the Scarlet Ibis, but unfortunately we never saw one!
The Hilton Pool
Favorite thing: You have got to join the Hilton Hotel Pool. Even if you are not staying there (let's face it - most of us can't afford it) you can use the pool. The fee is pretty small, and you get a fresh towel everyday and tableside waiter service.
Seeing that the beach is a trip away, the place feels like heaven.
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