5 fascinating Caribbean traditions to try this Easter.

Easter is a special time in the Caribbean. People from around the world travel to the islands to celebrate this holiday with islanders. The characteristically warm time of the year is filled with local traditions that are both religious and secular. Below are 5 traditions that make for a hallmark Caribbean Easter. Pre Easter Carnivals before Easter starts, the islands throw their iconic Carnivals before Lent. Carnivals are filled with partying and revelry, a public celebration, part circus, part street party. People wear masks and costumes and eat, drink, and do here what is commonly forbidden during Lent and Easter. Church the dominant religion throughout the Caribbean is Christianity, particularly Roman Catholicism. After lent, people go to church on Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified, in black-and-white, to be as sombre as possible. Easter Sunday arrives, the day of Resurrection, however, is quite festive. Easter Food from across the islands, food plays a special role in Easter celebrations, especially Easter dinner. The Easter bun and cheese is perhaps the most iconic. The delicacy is made from the spiced bun with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, filled with raisins, currants and dried fruit, eaten with cheese. It is primarily taken in Jamaica. Flying Kites are popular throughout the year in the Caribbean. However, the practice peaks on Easter weekends in islands like Barbados, Trinidad, Bermuda, and Grenada. For many, the flying kite is symbolic of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave and His eventual ascension into Heaven. Bleeding Tree in Jamaica, is common practice to cut the physic nut tree on Good Friday. People believe that the red fluid it yields symbolizes the suffering and blood of Christ, and some say the tree is similar to the tree used in crucifixion.