...Call for 'Arrival Day' for all races
Arima businessman Balliram Maharaj yesterday renewed his call for a day to be set aside where all races would celebrate "Arrival Day".
Speaking at the launch of Amerindian Heritage Day, Maharaj said for the past few years he has been advocating for a special day to bring all the races together for a common celebration.
"You can call it Thanksgiving Day or Arrival Day, the name does not matter," he said.
He said what matters is the establishment of a celebration that could result in making the entire community one.
During his address, Maharaj announced that he will donate $10,000 to the Carib community for them to continue the work they are doing to bring the culture of the First People alive in Arima.
A representative from the Miami contingent also donated $2,000 to the community.
The heritage festival will end on October 20 with an ancestral ceremony, tree planting and a grand tour of Arima organised by the National Trust.
On October 19, there will be a cultural fair at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Final entertainment at the close of the week's celebration will include performances by Amerindians from Dominica and Suriname.