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Easter
Bahamas

Easter 2019 and 2020

Easter is the most important of Christian holy days, and Easter in the Bahamas is celebrated with two holidays on Good Friday and the day after Easter Sunday.

YearDateDayHoliday
201919 AprFriGood Friday
22 AprMonEaster Monday
202010 AprFriGood Friday
13 AprMonEaster Monday

The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar. This means that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.

Bahamas has numerous Easter traditions, including the widespread observance of Lent, spending much of the four-day Easter weekend at church or at the beach, and the usual egg hunts and Easter baskets.

The arrival of warmer weather, longer days, and floral magnificence makes Easter time memorable in Bahamas from a purely seasonal point of view as well.

But probably more than anything else, it’s the culinary traditions that catch one’s attention in Bahamas at Easter time. Hot cross buns, made from dough spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice, are baked laden with raisins and with a sugar-glazed sign of the cross on top.

On Good Friday, people rise early in the morning to enjoy a festive fried snapper dish before heading off to church services.

And on Easter Sunday, ham glazed over with pineapple and accompanied by mac and cheese, potato salads, local fruits, fish and other seafood dishes, and more serve to create a gigantic Easter Day feast that rivals Christmas dinner in both size and variety.

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