MARTINIQUE, May 2013 (martinique.franceantilles.fr): The 160th anniversary of the arrival of Indian workers in Martinique was celebrated in Basse-Pointe during the first weekend of May 2013. The festivity was the second edition of the "Days of Indianness." It was an opportunity to showcase all those who are contributing to the preservation of the Indian cultural contribution to Martinican society.
Among the activities were an exhibition "History of Indianness in Martinique" at the town hall and a walking tour of the two small Hindu temples in the area. There were also seminars and exhibitions of Tamil language, cuisine, traditional dress, jewelry and medicinal uses of plants of Indian origin that are growing on the island. There was a seminar on important Indian historical figures and an honoring of the elders.
To honor the event the town named a street after Antoine "Zwazo" Tangamen, who was a respected Hindu priest, one of the last fluent Tamil speakers on the island, and widely recognized for helping to insure the survival of Hindu tradition in Martinique. The event was organized by the tourist office in Basse-Pointe in collaboration with the Martinique-India cultural association.