A Jamaican Easter Tradition:
At this time of the year many around the world and in the Caribbean celebrate Easter. For many of Christian beliefs, Easter is the time of the year that they commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.
Cultures around the world vary greatly, and the celebration of Easter is no different. Jamaica is a nation that is predominantly of Christian belief. Some professed Christians begin the Easter season with Lent, where they go into a period of fasting while others deny themselves of certain pleasures of the flesh. Many Jamaicans ensure that they are present at church on Easter Sunday to offer thanksgiving for the sacrifice Christ made for mankind, while for some it spans Good Friday to Easter Monday. While for those who do not celebrate Easter, welcome the public holiday and a break from work to visit family and friends and to party. Since the 90s this time of the year is the climax of the Carnival celebrations, marked by several Blow-Out fetes, Jouvert and the Road March.
However, this time of year is most famous in Jamaica, especially to the children, for the long time tradition of Easter Bun and Cheese! At this time of the year local bakeries are kept busy supplying a nation craving for the sweet, spicy, raisin filled bun with the locally famous Tastee Cheese. The Easter bun is basically a modified version of the Jamaican spice bun, that is available all year. The Easter bun is noticeably sweeter than the ordinary spice bun and loaded with raisins. Also it is a bit more moist than the ordinary spice bun as well as somewhat bigger than the spice book. Whereas, the ordinary bun is packaged in plastic, the Easter Bun will not settle for that, it is not only wrapped in plastic, but it is also packaged in decorative boxes which uniquely identify it.
Easter Buns differ slightly in taste and texture due to the recipes used by the various local bakeries. The most popular Easter buns include HTB, Yummy and Maxfield Easter Buns. On the other hand, many Jamaicans prefer to employ their own family recipes and bake their own Easter Buns. The Easter bun would not be complete with a slice or two of cheese and the cheese of choice is Tastee Cheese. Yes, there will be Easter Bun and cheese in the hands and bellies of Jamaicans for the next few weeks.
That's just a brief description of how Easter is celebrated here in Jamaica. How is Easter celebrated in your Country?