The tradition of a procession is continued in Trinidad and Tobago by the Roman Catholics as churches stage processions through the main towns.Corpus Christi also coincides with the start of the rainy season in the tropics and is considered an excellent day for planting.
The original Baptist settlers were African American soldiers who were former slaves for the British in the War of American Independence.
It is one of the most widely observed festivals of the Indian dispora.
Occurring in October or early November, Divali symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance.
Prior to this date, it had been celebrated unofficially by most, if not all, Indian religious bodies.
On January 26, 1996, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago declared March 30th, Spiritual Baptist (Shouter) Liberation Day.