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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Divali holiday is officially October 18

Divali in Cacandee: Two youth members of the Cacandee Central Youth Organisation, Cacandee Settlement, Felicity, Chaguanas, take part in the Divali celebration within their community held on Divali night, October 23, 2014.

The 2017 Divali holiday is officially Wednesday, October 18.

Confirmation of the date came today from the Information Division, Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.

"His Excellency, President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, ORTT, SC, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays and Festivals Act, has appointed Wednesday 18 th October, 2017 as the date of the public holiday in celebration of the festival of Divali."

This will be the second public holiday in October, coming five days after the one-off holiday granted to the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, October 13.

In making the announcement of the latter holiday back in May, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts said the First Peoples "have been calling for greater recognition of their history and customs."


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