Even though Easter is considered a religious holiday around the world, it is marked in Trinidad and Tobago by two, different public holidays –Good Friday and Easter Monday.
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Just like in other places in the world, although it is a religious holiday, it is also a public holiday. Both Easter Monday and Good Friday are considered public holidays, which means that all schools, government offices, and most businesses remain closed on these days.
The fact is, Easter Sunday is regarded as one of the most festive events among Christians all around the world. It commemorates the Christian belief of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death, according to the Christian Bible. This is a celebration that Christians like to mark by spending time at church, with family, and participating in fun, festive activities.
What Happens in Trinidad and Tobago on Easter?
Those who are religious and faithful attend various church services on Easter, visit with relatives who live nearby, and typically enjoy large family meals. The menu most locals make on Good Friday is indeed legendary, regardless of if a person is Christian. The majority of individuals enjoy hot cross buns, either at the end or before meals. However, nothing compares to the fare enjoyed on Easter Sunday, which is the day marking Christ’s resurrection. The menu on Easter usually includes roast chicken or ham, as well as all the trimmings. The good news is, Easter Monday is also a holiday, which allows locals to rest on this day. Many also take this time to go to the beach, or just relax at home and enjoy all the leftover food.
Another tradition in Trinidad and Tobago is the beating of the Bobolee on Good Friday. This is an effigy that is symbolic of Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Christ who betrayed him. Also, just like in other parts of the world, chocolate eggs, chicks, and bunnies are seen in stores and it is not uncommon to see children participating in Easter egg hunts.
Another long-standing tradition in Trinidad and Tobago is Easter bonnet parades. These grew from the habit of ladies getting a new hat for the Easter Sunday Mass. These parades are held in the weeks before Easter, and there are many competitions held in the islands. Young girls have quite a bit of fun modeling the different hats they purchase or make themselves. This is an activity that everyone – both locals and visitors – are invited to participate in.
Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago on Easter
Even though Easter occurs on a Sunday, many people in the islands celebrate this holiday throughout the week. As a result, visitors may discover that many businesses remain closed during the week. On Sunday, most activity is limited to people going to and from church, as well as to and from their relative’s homes.
Many churches also host Easter Sunday lunches and dinners, which feeds the poor on the island. Most people on the islands view this as the ideal time to give back and help the less fortunate. The celebration on the islands lasts from Good Friday to Easter Monday.