Easter is regarded as the most important of holy days by Christians, and Easter in Bermuda is celebrated with a holiday on Good Friday.
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The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.
Bermuda has a lot of special Easter traditions for such a small island, but perhaps, its isolated location and the creativity of its people have something to do with that.
Good Friday is a big part of Easter Weekend in Bermuda. And while there are church services, the main event that people think of is the kite-flying competition. Everyone makes a homemade kite, or buys one at a store, to fly it high and show it off to other kite lovers. Kids especially love this part of the holiday season.
Sunrise services on Easter morning are another major event. Two famous such services take place on the shores of Horseshoe Bay and at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, but they are held all over the island.
Throughout the holiday season, food is a major component of the celebration! Codfish cakes are standard, as are hot cross buns. Codfish cakes with potatoes smothered in tomato or cream sauce and with bananas on the side is classic for Easter breakfast just before church. Stuffing a codfish cake inside of a hot cross bun, maybe with a bit of mayo in the mix, is a signature Bermudan Easter snack!