Baptist Liberation Day

Spiritual Baptist Shouter Liberation Day is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, celebrated annually on March 30th. It commemorates the repeal of the 1917 Ordinance that prohibited the practice of the Spiritual Baptist faith.

The Spiritual Baptist faith is a blend of African, Christian, and indigenous spiritual beliefs and practices. Despite being banned for decades, the faith remained strong and resilient, with its followers often facing persecution and discrimination.

In 1951, the ordinance was repealed, and followers of the faith were finally able to worship freely. Today, Spiritual Baptists celebrate their liberation and the preservation of their faith with singing, dancing, and worshiping.

The public holiday is recognized by the government of Trinidad and Tobago as a national day of observance.