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Harvest festivals, thanksgiving celebrations for a successful har-
vest are both worldwide and very ancient. When Christianity
came to the fore, the church took over the festival with people
bringing food offerings to the church for blessing and distribut-
ing to the poor.
In Tobago the end of the sugar harvest resulted in the 'Massa' killing a pig or two to
celebrate its completion. And true to British tradition parts were passed down to the
poor, in this case the slaves of the estate and the parts given were those not wanted by
the 'Massa', the trotters, the tail, and the head. However the slaves with their customary
ingenuity produced items of culinary delight such as pig trotter souse, now called her-
itage food and much, loved by Tobagonians. (Sold outside supermarkets on a Friday
Eventually, and well after the passing of slavery, the Tobagonians decided that as
everyone was poor they would distribute the food to any and everyone but COOKED!
Thus began the Harvest festivals of today. Every village in Tobago has its own specific
weekend for their Harvest, no longer related to harvesting, as the island is not dependent
on one crop. By 12 o'clock on Sunday the food is cooked, the alcohol is cooled and those
who have opened their houses for this event are ready for friends, relatives and
strangers to partake. The cooking is mostly done outside in huge iron pots on a three
stone fireplace, the pot balanced on three large stones and the fire fed in the gaps be-
tween the stones. And it is men who do the outside cooking, women are usually in the
kitchen peeling the ground provision and making dumplings.
On offer are ground provision, dumplings and stewed meat, goat, pig, yardie (those
chickens you see everywhere) and wild meat. The latter is very poplar and includes
iguana, manicou and agouti. Sadly these animals are becoming harder to find so rabbit
has become a replacement. And of course beer and rum.
The village of Pembroke holds the first Harvest festival of the year, coupled with Glam-
organ, where there is no Anglican Church. Curtis George, from Glamorgan, tells me that
'Harvest' has been part of his life since his birth. It has a long history and he said that the
only good reason for not holding 'Harvest' is one's demise! As this 'Harvest' is so close
to Christmas, the latter is celebrated on a very small scale, as the Harvest festival is THE
celebration for their year!
And if Sunday wasn't enough, come Monday it is done all over again but this time for
invited guests only, including the workers from the utility industries who service the area.
Even the local primary schools shut for the day!
In the evenings there are usually fetes...music and dancing...held either in the commu-
nity centres or as a blocko..where the street is used as the venue.
'Harvest' is a real community event and one that I personally hope continues well into
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