Easter in Barbados

Over the years, there have been quite a few Easter tra­di­tions in Bar­ba­dos. Some of which, have stood the test of time and are still quite preva­lent. Oistins Fish Fes­ti­val and kite fly­ing are two of the main cel­e­bra­tory activ­i­ties today.

Oistins Fish Fes­ti­val is cel­e­brated dur­ing the Easter week­end in hon­our of per­sons in the fish­ing indus­try. Over the three day period of this street fair, you will find ven­dors sell­ing a vari­ety of local prod­ucts, enter­tain­ment by tuk band, steel pan and var­i­ous artistes, and numer­ous com­pe­ti­tions includ­ing fish bon­ing, rac­ing of fish­ing boats and the climb­ing of the grease pole. It is a fan­tas­tic spectacle.

Many Bar­ba­di­ans may con­sider them­selves ‘mas­ter crafters’, at least when it comes to mak­ing kites. On Easter Mon­day, a kite mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion is held at the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah. Crafters from across the island bring all types of kites to be judged in hopes of being named num­ber one in their spe­cific cat­e­gory. Mean­while, many par­ents make this an oppor­tu­nity to take the fam­ily out to enjoy the com­pe­ti­tion and par­tic­i­pate in some kite fly­ing of their own. Kite fly­ing at Easter is not lim­ited to the Gar­ri­son Savan­nah, how­ever. At this time, you will find kites fly­ing almost everywhere.

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