Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated by going to Midnight Mass, singing Christmas carols and eating traditional meals. The first recorded Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago occurred in 1569. The holiday is an important event in the country and gives families an opportunity to get together and celebrate the end of the year.
Christmas carolers in Trinidad and Tobago are called Paranderos. They move from house to house singing traditional Parang songs and bring instruments such as maracas, bass box and mandolin to accompany their songs. Families often invite the Paranderos into their homes to take part in the Christmas meal. Dishes served during the meal can include pasteles, turkey, fruit cake, sweet breads and ham.