Published: 7:08 AM on May 30, 2018
The SBCS community joins with the nation to commemorate the 173rd anniversary of the arrival of the Fatel Razack, and the influence of our ancestors whose customs, traditions, strength of will and spirit of perseverance continue to live on in our social and cultural values today.
“Our forebears came with little, but through hard work, discipline and faith they were able to accomplish much. They were incredibly brave souls who crossed an ocean for a better life. The vast majority of them had no intention of remaining in Trinidad after their indentureship, but this was not to be. So, instead of returning to India, they made Trinidad their home and added to the social mosaic that has become our national culture. Now the baton has been passed to us, and we owe it to them to continue striving to forge a nation worthy of their sacrifice.” – 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 a new people with a new culture. Each year, this momentous event is commemorated by the staging of a re-enactment of the arrival of the Fatel Razack at various beaches throughout Trinidad and Tobago. There is also music and dance, and outstanding members of the community are honoured for their contributions to society.