Easter is celebrated by Christians all over the world, especially among the people of the Caribbean. The islands receive people from all around the world during this period, mostly because of the warm weather and beautiful beaches.
Here are a few Caribbean traditions to try out this Easter.
Just before Lent, the islands kick off carnivals in preparation for Easter. The carnivals are full of street partying, drinking, circuses, and revelry. The people principally what is not allowed during Lent like drinking, wearing of masks and costumes.
Christianity is the dominant religion in the Caribbean as most people are Roman Catholics. After Lent, which is Good Friday, people attend church services wearing black and white to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. They are usually very somber on Good Friday but become hip on Easter Sunday to mark the resurrection of Christ.
Food is a major part of Easter celebrations on the islands. The most iconic will definitely be the Easter cheese and bun. This delicacy which is native to Jamaica is made from spicing a bun with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It is then filled with dried fruit, raisins, and currants.
It is very all through the year to see kites flown in the Caribbean. You get to see the peak of this on Easter weekends mostly in Trinidad, Grenada, Bermuda, and Barbados. Most see it as symbolic of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
The physic nut tree is usually cut in Jamaica mostly because it produces a red fluid. The tree is cut on Good Friday, most people believe this symbolizes the crucifixion and death of Christ.