Published: 4:15 PM on May 30, 2020
The SBCS community joins with the nation to commemorate the arrival of our East Indian ancestors on the Fatel Razack, 175 years ago. Today, we honour the immeasurable impact of their sacrifice and resilience on what our society has since evolved to become. Not only that, but we also look upon their pattern of perseverance as a guide to surmount the challenges we currently face.
“We are living in extraordinary times, where it’s almost impossible to predict what tomorrow will bring, far less the months and years ahead. Nevertheless, we can’t afford for our anxiety regarding the future to devour the present. Today represents a great moment in our history, and an opportune moment to reflect on the legacy of our forebears – their indomitable will and persevering spirit – that has and continues to shape the fabric our national culture and societal values. They came with very little, yet through hard work, sacrifice, faith and most importantly, a spirit of community, accomplished so much. Now more than ever, we need to follow in their footsteps; to keep striving to make our country a great place for everyone.” – Executive Director, Dr Robin Maraj.
Best wishes to all; happy Indian Arrival Day.
About Indian Arrival Day
Indian Arrival Day, celebrated on 30th May, commemorates the arrival of the first Indian Indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, in May 1845, on the ship Fatel Razack. Spanning the period 1845-1917, over 140,000 Indians were transported to the island.
The Fatel Razack brought not only a new labour force to assist in the economic development of Trinidad, but also new people with a new culture. Each year, the occasion is marked with music and dance, and outstanding members of the community are honoured for their contributions to society.