For two or three weeks before the 25th December, at nights, boys would bus bamboo in small villages all over Trinidad.
Bus bamboo, burst bamboo (phr) – An activity usually of boys, traditionally done from Divali through Christmas. A small amount of pitch oil is poured into a section of cut bamboo, then the fumes are ignited. The resulting explosion sounds like a small canon.
Bus Bamboo Competition
Burst Bamboo or Carbide common mostly in Trinidad and Grenada is to ignite and explode a joint of bamboo, or a small can which is stopped at both ends and containing moistened carbide or some kerosene (pitch oil).
The various words and phrases from Trinidad & Tobago can be traced back to English, French and Spanish origins. Mother-giver is one such word that has its roots in the English language. Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago is interesting because the slangs can change over time. I have lived in the United States for 20 years now, and every time I travel back to Trinidad and Tobago, I have to reacquaint myself with the words and phrases that have evolved.