Holidays and Festivals - Easter
While Easter is recognized as a religious holiday worldwide, it is traditionally marked in Trinidad and Tobago with two public holidays - Good Friday and Easter Monday.
The faithful attend church services, visit relatives and share large family meals. Our Good Friday menu is legendary - it doesn't matter if you are Christian - most of us must have a Hot Cross Bun either before or at the end of our meal! But nothing compares to the mealtime offering on Easter Sunday - the day Christ was resurrected. The menu is elaborate - usually baked ham or roast chicken with all the trimmings. Fortunately, Easter Monday is also a holiday so you can rest up, go to the beach, or just stay home and savour the leftovers!
If you're lucky, you may also see the traditional beating of the Good Friday 'Bobolee', an effigy symbolic of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Christ. As in most other parts of the world, chocolate eggs, bunnies and chicks make their appearance in stores and Easter egg hunts are quite popular.
Easter bonnet parades, a long-standing tradition that grew from the ladies' habit of getting a new hat for Easter Sunday Mass, are held in the weeks preceding Easter - many competitions are held throughout the islands and young girls have a tremendous amount of fun modeling their unique creations for all to see and admire. As with all things Trinbagonian, you are always welcome to join in!