Kite flying is one of the most popular Eater traditions on the island for both children and adults. Kites can be purchased in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, or, as tradition dictates, many can create their own kites using plastic bags, tree twigs and old cloth (see the DIY Kite article for more details). The popularity of this tradition is encapsulated by the kite flying competition held at the Garrison Savannah on Easter Monday. While kite flying is still very prevalent as an Easter tradition, there will be the sound of kites buzzing the air all year round in some neighborhoods!
The Easter Bonnet Parade
These parades are held by various schools and community groups island wide and signify the “renewal of spirit and the wearing of new clothes”. Children wear headdresses or bonnets representing various themes chosen by the respective groups. Within each parade, there are prizes to be won by the children.
Oistins Fish Festival
This is held, as the name implies, in the fishing village of Oistins, to honor persons who have contributed to the fishing industry in Barbados. Beginning on Easter Sunday and ending on Easter Monday, this festival has a variety of activities including the Fish Boning Competition, climbing of the grease pole and boat racing (fishermen race their boats).
Fish is the most popular delicacy sold during the period of Easter. The consumption of meats with blood was originally more of a religious observance (especially with Good Friday being the day of crucifixion) but even those who do not observe the religiosity of Easter, tend to use more fish around this period.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday Church Services
With such a religious underpinning of this season, many persons observe the importance of what Jesus did by attending church. All churches have Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, in an effort to celebrate Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. Traditionally, persons would wear black to Good Friday service, and white to the Easter Sunday Service. The Easter Sunday service is usually followed by a large family lunch.
Hot Cross Buns
Hot crossed buns are the most consumed pastry during the Easter period. These are sold at all local bakeries during this season and as the name implies, it is a bun flavored with a variety of spices and raisons, decorated with an icing cross at the top, symbolizing the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The shape of the bun represents the stone removed from the front of the tomb when Jesus was resurrected.
Accompanying the Easter Traditions in Barbados are a few superstitions:
While many of the Easter Traditions presented in this article are practiced to varying degrees across the island, it is evident that some, especially kite flying still have a preeminence in society. For Christian Bajans, the celebration of this momentous season through attendance of Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will continue to be the pinnacle of Easter observances and traditions in Barbados.
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