Easter in St.Lucia is a spiritual, warm and welcoming experience.
It is celebrated with church services and festive meals and, as usual, West Indian traditions add a unique touch to both secular and spiritual celebrations.
Good Friday is marked by Catholic services island wide, somber colours are chosen as a sign of respect and overall it is conceived as a day to refrain from things “of the flesh”. This belief is also at the basis of many superstitions, such as the bad luck associated to swimming in the sea on Good Friday.
A local and most anticipated Easter delicacy is a flat crispy ginger biscuit called Penepis. Originally conceived as a replacement for dessert, an indulgence to be avoided in this most reverend time of the year, this zesty wafer is very popular among children of all ages and a must sample if you are on the island.
Easter weekend is also the best time for Kite flying thanks to the beautiful warm weather and swiftly blown winds. The Pigeon Island Causeway becomes the ramp for kite flying and the sky is transformed into a dancing mosaic of creative designs and colours. Should you happen to spend your Easter on St.Lucia, make sure you set aloft your brightly coloured (preferably handmade) kite and be part of this merry tradition seeing who can fly the highest, the fastest, and the most intricately designed kite!