In 1996, then Prime Minister Basdeo Panday granted the Spiritual Shouter Baptists an annual public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.
On 16th November 1917, legislation was enacted by the then Colonial government to ban the practice of Spiritual and Shouter Baptists by way of the Shouters Prohibition Ordinance. This Ordinance forbade them from holding meetings or practicing their religion.
Worshippers were arrested, beaten and jailed if they were caught practicing their religion.
During the 1920s and 1930s, the Baptists fought many court battles and tried to counteract the negative perceptions of their faith.
After many years of lobbying, the bill to repeal the ordinance was passed on 30 March 1951
Trinidad and Tobago is the only country in the world that celebrates a public holiday for the Spiritual Baptist faith.
Today one Spiritual Baptiste Leader told our newsroom, he intends to spend the day in reflection and celebration.