Easter is traditionally regarded as the most important of Christian holy days, and Easter in Grenada is celebrated with two holidays on Good Friday and the day after Easter Sunday.
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|22 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
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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.
Grenada partakes of a number of common Caribbean Easter traditions, but it also has some rather unique ones all its own. As usual, Easter is enjoyed over a four-day weekend, not just on a single day as in some “less festive” countries.
People will consume hot cross buns laced with gooey raisins and infused with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and other spices. Some also feast on fried mackerel and dried, salted codfish on Good Friday, along with boiled dumplings, which are a local favourite.
Many head to the beach for Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, or both to listen to music, swim and enjoy the weather, and cook dinner right out on the sand. You’ll see boiling cauldrons all over the shore, and there will be buffet-like assortments of foods lying there wrapped up in aluminium foil.
Finally, there is the custom of flying homemade kites formed from things like palm leaf spines, shopping bags, and strips of cloth. And on Easter Monday, there is the newer tradition of driving all over the whole island on your motorcycle.