Diwali Dias festival of lights

Diwali – Christmas in November

For many Hindu’s Diwali is like Christmas in November and one of the many various festivals in Trinidad for 2018.  Diwali or Dipavali is a Hindu festival of light.  Diwali signifies the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.”  Divali is from the Sanskrit dīpāvali meaning “row or series of lights.”

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Air plane flying over tall buildings.

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Lime Lingo: Never-see-come-see

  • Never-see-come-see 
    • (n):  Of a person, unsophisticated and therefore excited about something ordinary.  (French just now coming to see something new.)
      • Yuh like a never see come see in yuh new car with alarm and stereo. (Baptiste 1993:116)
    • (adj): Showing off, particularly or something new to them.
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surprise faces.

Trini Talk Today: Tonnere

  • Tonnere, tonnay, tonnier (intj): Exclamation of surprise, vexations, annoyance. (<French Creole <French tonnere ‘thunder’, an expression of anger)
    • Tonnerre! It have plenty people in this fete. (Baptiste 1993:157)

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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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