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Fun For All the Family During the Easter Holiday in the Caribbean

by Karen Rollins Mar 25, 2024

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Easter events in the Caribbean

Easter is a time for reflection, relaxation, and renewal. 

In the Caribbean, many people will use this holiday to get together with family and friends and make the most of some much-needed downtime, and there are several activities and events taking place to keep everyone entertained. 

Below is a round-up of some of events happening around the Caribbean for Easter.

Antigua – Antigua and Barbuda International Kite Festival

A popular Easter tradition for kite enthusiasts, Antigua’s annual International Kite Festival takes place at Devil’s Bridge on Easter Monday. Colourful kites of all shapes and sizes are visible in the sky as hundreds of enthusiasts compete for prizes in various categories including biggest corporate kite, smallest kite, biggest kite, and the People’s Choice Most Kites in the Air.

Barbados – Oistins Fish Festival

Oistins fishing village hosts a fish festival every year for Easter. This event, which honours the fisherfolk in Oistins, has been going for over 45 years and usually attracts over 30,000 locals and tourists. Some of the most popular activities on the festival’s schedule include fish boning, the Easter bonnet competition, and the greasy pole contest.

Curaçao – Seú Harvest Parade

The Seú (which means ‘the Sky’ in Creole) Harvest Parade is an annual folklore parade that takes place in Curaçao on Easter Monday. Over 3,000 Curacaoans take to the streets in traditional costumes mimicking the creativity of plantation workers. The main parade starts at Tesoro Plaza and ends at the Aqualectra building in Mundu Nobo.

Jamaica – Trelawny Yam Festival

The Trelawny Yam Festival takes place every year on Easter Monday. About 10,000 Jamaicans attend this festival every year to feast on a wide range of yam-based food and drink. The crowning on the Yam King and Queen is also a major highlight of the festival. 

St Kitts and Nevis – Nevis-to-St.Kitts Cross Channel Swim

Billed as the largest open-water swimming event in the Caribbean, the annual Nevis Cross Channel Swim usually takes place around Easter in early April. Local, regional, and international competitors come together for this unique event to traverse two and a half miles between Nevis and St Kitts. The swim starts from Oualie Beach in Nevis and ends at Cockleshell Bay on the sister isle.

St Vincent and the Grenadines – Union Island’s Easterval

The annual Union Island ‘Easterval’ event is one of the longest running Easter celebrations on one of the smallest islands in the Grenadines. Over nine days, attendees are treated to live music, sports competitions, and plenty of local food and drink.

Sources: Visit BarbadosCuracao.comhomequirer.com, and Forbes.com.