Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. Situated on the Caribbean island, the island is located north Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela.
On Easter in Barbados, we can do have some specific Easter traditions which you may have noticed:
Oistins Fish Festival
Every Easter in Barbados there is the Oistins Fish Festival which is held in the small fishing village Oistins. This festival is enjoyed by many for the entire Easter weekend, with the main event of the festival being the Fish Boning Competition, which is very competitive and an essential art form to the fishing industry.
The Oistins Fish Festival has a street fair that starts on Easter Saturday and ends on the evening of Easter Monday. At this street fair you will find vendors selling local arts & crafts, children’s toys and an array of tasty food. There are also competitions such as fish boning, climbing of the grease pole, and the fishermen racing their boats. This event is great for locals and visitors alike to go and watch. There is also cultural entertainment such as steel-pan and tuk-band.
Easter Sunday Lunch
Sunday lunches are a large part of the Barbadian culture so you can imagine what an Easter Sunday lunch would be like. It is filled with traditional Barbadian cuisine such as flying fish, cou cou, peas and rice, stew and much more! Not only is the day about food, but it is about enjoying it with family and of course attending church that day.
Bajans believe that it is bad luck to go swimming in the ocean on Good Friday. We also do not eat red meat on Good Friday as it is the day of Crucifixion and red meat symbolizing blood. In Barbados, many eat and enjoy our local fish whether it be mahi mahi or flying fish.
Hot Cross Buns
The smell of Hot Cross Buns mean Easter is here! They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday but why not have them all Easter? The icing cross on the top of the buns signifies the crucifixion.
Kite flying is a traditional Easter pastime in Barbados. Easter Monday is usually the big day for kite flyers because of the annual competition.
Kite Flying is a tradition for the young and the young at heart. The kite season runs about 6 weeks generally finishing around the easter weekend. Barbados like most other places kite flying can be seen everywhere, most kites today are purchased and Bajan Kites Inc. specializes in the traditional designs that could only once be seen by the older statesman of the country
You will see vendors on the side of the road selling colourful, vibrant kites to kids and adults as they get ready for their Easter flying. Note that there are only certain places which you can fly your kite in Barbados! On Easter Monday there is a Easter Kite Flying Competition at the Garrison Savannah where there are prizes for the largest to smallest to most unusual kite!
It was a pleasure to see parents interacting and having fun with their children. Children of all ages had a chance to show off their kite flying skill. For some it was their first kite. With other children playing all around, his father did have a tough time keeping him interested in the kite, but they certainly had fun.
Ester Monday at the Garrison Savannah is a showcase of Barbadian’s kite making ability. Kites of all descriptions can be seen. From the smallest to the largest and the unusual. These on the right were on sale at the Kite Corner.
Kite flying is also quite popular at this time of year. It is traditional for Barbadians to make their own kites using coloured tissue paper or old plastic bags, twigs or pieces of wood and strips of old cloth for the tail otherwise know as the “bull”. The “bull” is what creates the loud buzzing noise while the kite is flying. In recent years the Government implemented restricted areas where kites cannot be flown, mostly due to the fact that they are in the path of airplanes or near to high voltage power lines.