Spritual Baptist Day in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020

Spritual Baptist Day in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020
  How long until Spritual Baptist Day?
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  Dates of Spritual Baptist Day in Trinidad and Tobago
2022 Trinidad and Tobago Wed, Mar 30 National Holiday
2021 Trinidad and Tobago Tue, Mar 30 National Holiday
2020 Trinidad and Tobago Mon, Mar 30 National Holiday
2019 Trinidad and Tobago Sat, Mar 30 National Holiday
2018 Trinidad and Tobago Fri, Mar 30 National Holiday
Commemorates the 1951 repeal of a law that prohibited the activities of the Spiritual Baptist faith

When is Spiritual Baptist Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on 30 March each year.

Spiritual Baptist Day may also be known as Shouter Baptist Liberation Day and marks the 1951 repeal of the prohibition on practising the religion.

History of Spiritual Baptist Day

Spiritual Baptist is a religion that developed from similar faiths in several Caribbean countries. It combines elements of Protestant Christianity with African customs and rituals.

The Baptist faith in Trinidad is a legacy of the Merikin community. The 'Merikins' were African-American refugees of the War of 1812 – freed slaves who fought for the British against the Americans during the war of 1812. Following the end of the war, the Merikins established a community in the south of Trindad. They brought the Baptist faith, having been part of evangelical sects common in places such as Georgia and Virginia.

In 1917, practicing the religion was prohibited under the Shouter Prohibition Ordinance by the British colonial government. The reason given was that the noise created their services was disturbing the peace.

Spiritual Baptists are sometimes referred to as 'shouters', as during services, they shout, clap, sing loudly and ring bells. During the time of the prohibition on their religion, the Spiritual Baptists dropped the name Shouter Baptists in order to gain more respect for their religion.

The ordinance was repealed on 30 March 1951, leaving the Spiritual Baptists free to practice their religion as they wish.

This holiday was first observed in 1966 to mark the repeal of the prohibition and the struggle for religious freedom.

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