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Trinidad and Tobago

Diversity is the status quo in Trinidad and Tobago. It is sometimes known as a “rainbow island” or more fondly Callaloo, (A local dish prepared by blending a variety of ingredients). There is a wide range of ethnicity, religion, and culture. According to Statistics, the total population is estimated at 40% East Indian, 40% African, 11.5% mixed, 0.6% white, and 1.2% Chinese and other. Many of these groups overlap heavily due to Admixture, for example, Dougla” is a common term used to describe a person which is of African and East Indian descent but may self-identify as either group. Trinidad religion primarily centers around Roman Catholic, Anglican, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Roman Catholicism constitutes the largest religion denomination Of the country. Some of the more popular religious festivals are the Santa Rosa Festival, Christmas, Easter, Divali, Eid Ul Fitr and Phagwa. There are also multiple festivals that are based around the music of the Caribbean and the steel pan, which originated in Trinidad and is the country’s national instrument. These festivals include the world famous Carnival, J’ouvert, and Panorama, the national steel pan competition. There are also places that can be visited that hold cultural significance, such as Mount Saint Benedict and the Hindu Temple in the Sea. Trinidad is an industrial island with a diversified economy, based to a large extent on natural gas, industry and agriculture. It is one of the leading gas-based export centers in the world, being the leading exporter of ammonia and methanol and among the top five exporters of liquefied natural gas. This has allowed Trinidad to capitalize on the biggest mineral reserves within its territories. It is an oil-rich country and stable economically.

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