Every day, in so many facets of my life, I realize what an honor and a privilege it was to be born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. My island republic is small, but the diversity and richness of our culture is undeniable and strong. It is the definition of a melting pot. Black, Indian, Chinese, Latin, Caucasian – all together as one, celebrating each other’s traditions.
Today is the holiday for Eid al-Fitr, the feast and celebration that marks the end of Ramadan. Traditionally on this day, my family would make the trip out to visit our closest Muslim friends, for a feast like none other. Roti, a variety of curried meats and veggies, Indian sweets (yummmmm) and of course, sawine – a thick porridge like drink made with milk and vermicelli. Even more nourishing than the food, was the sense of family love and unity in the room. To my Muslim friends around the world, Eid Mubarak — enjoy this blessed day!