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Trinidad and Tobago is known by many different names through out the year, but on the Christmas season it is known as the "Land of Parang" or "La Tierra de la Parranda"
The word "parang" comes from the Spanish word "parranda" which means to "party" or "spree"
Parang music is not only popular in Trinidad but also in Venezuela and some other Spanish speaking countries. Parang is heard around Christmas time, it is typically played with the maracas or the cuatro (a small four-string guitar), as well as other local instruments, and is often sung in Spanish. People who sing Parang are called "Parranderos" or sometimes "Serenaders"
There are many predictions as of how parang came to Trinidad. Some say that it came from Venezuela and others say from Spain. We do not know exactly where it comes from but we do know that it is from type of Spanish orgin, probably a bit from the two.
Parang por la mañana
Parang al medio dia
Parang a toda hora
Como si fuera comida
In the past parranderos use to go from house to house serenading and some still do so today. In addition, the parranderos were thanked by being offered food and drinks. In modern Trinidad and Tobago, the paranderos compete with each other in stage performances that are held between October to December each year, and the winners are awarded prizes from the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPTT).
Parang is not all about marry-making, dancing and singing, but also about the delicious foods and drinks! The traditional foods of the holiday are paime, pastelle, ham, fruit cake; and the drinks are sorrel, ginger beer, ponche crema, peardrax, among others.
During the Christmas season, you will find many Trinidadians cleaning and giving their homes a fresh coat of paint, while putting up their holiday lights and finest curtains. Like they say "Trini Christmas is the best" and in order to keep this claim they go all out for the season.
Aguinaldo/Serenal : Parranderos sing the arrival of the season. (Sereno Sereno)
Anunciacion : Sings about the Angel Gabriel giving the good news to the Virgin Mary. (Le Anuncio)
Nacimiento : Sings about the birth of Jesus and the three kings. (El Nacimiento)
Despedida : Parranderos sing the farewells of the season. (Vamos Vamos Vamos)
Charang/Chutney Parang, Estribillo, Gaita, Galeron, Gavilan, Guarapo, Joropo, Merengue, Manzanare, Salsa, Soca Parang, Vals, Picon