Members of the Council and Staff at the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago participated in a small, deya-lighting ceremony at Mille Fleurs last night to commemorate Divali.
All COVID-19 protocols were observed as members celebrate the adoption of the prestigious Magnificent Seven building as the new home of the National Trust.
According to Chairman of the National Trust, Margaret Mc Dowall, “Mille Fleurs has served the people of Trinidad and Tobago in many forms over its illustrious history.”
“As the soon to be, new home of the National Trust, we wanted to mark this moment with the commemoration of Divali, and we intend to make the space available to all persons in Trinidad & Tobago in due course, said Mc Dowall.
Mc Dowall said, at the National Trust, the lighting of deyas at Mille Fleurs was the perfect beginning of a new chapter in evolution as an organisation.
Immediately prior to the lighting of deyas, the National Trust hosted an online lecture by Dr. Visham Bhimull founder of Caribbean Hindustani entitled “Celebrating Lights and language”.
Dr. Bhimull shared with a very appreciative audience, the engaging history of the local and international celebration of Divali and how the evolution of the Bhojpuri language and Trinbagonian English creole has served to shape the unique identity of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture.