Wednesday, March 30, 2005

WooHoo! Happy Holiday

Today is Shouter Baptist Liberation Day* in Trinidad and Tobago.

This holiday is one of the islands' most recent. The government granted a public holiday to the group known as the Spiritual Baptists to commemorate the repeal of the 1917 Prohibition Ordinance. The repeal was granted in 1951 after the Spiritual Baptists, particularly the group known as "Shouter Baptists," were outlawed by the government because their practices (bell ringing, loud singing, chanting and praying) were considered a disturbance of the peace. The day is marked with several religious rallies.

Can I get a shout out for those crazy Baptists?

*This falls into the category of "little known facts learned on the Internet."

1 comment:

Finding the Happy said...

Amen and Hallelujah!