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The Easter holiday is an important part of Jamaican way of life with strong ties to the island’s unique culture and history.
Jamaican traditions surrounding Easter are far different than those in the United States and isn’t limited to religious devotions. The celebrations provide a variety of fun-filled activities for everyone that rejoices in the season.
Jamaica made the original English hot cross bun its own by using molasses in the mix instead of honey. The Jamaican Easter buns ingredients include nutmeg and cinnamon, cloves, honey, raisins, and dried fruit. It’s a holiday tradition with roots in Ancient Babylon. In Jamaica, the bun is eaten with cheese, a combination that is now an integral part of the island’s cuisine. In the present day, the custom of eating hot cross buns on Good Friday has diminished in Britain, but is still prevalent in Jamaica.
Bun and Cheese is just one of the foods adapted from other cultures for Jamaican tastes. To enjoy some of the true flavor of Jamaica, be sure to sample Bun and Cheese at Easter to understand its popularity among locals. The Jamaican Easter buns ingredients include nutmeg and cinnamon, cloves, honey, raisins, and dried fruit. It’s a tradition with roots in Ancient Babylon.
More About Easter Holiday
Easter Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday. Formerly, it was celebrated as Easter Week in many places but this was reduced to a one-day celebration in the 19th century.
Easter (also called Pascha) is generally accounted the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed in March or April each year to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his death by crucifixion (see Good Friday), which Christians believe happened at about this time of year, almost two thousand years ago.
Modern Easter celebrations revolve around eggs. They may be painted, rolled down hills or eaten if they are of the chocolate variety. The Christian tradition of an egg is an aid to represent rebirth and resurrection - new life being born from the egg. It's also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday form the tomb that held Jesus' body.
This egg tradition is almost certainly a distillation of a much older pagan custom celebrating spring. The ancient Persians celebrated their new year at the time of the vernal equinox by painting eggs.
Now that you have a little more knowledge about the Easter holiday, you and your family can put a twist to your tradition by giving the Jamaican Easter tradition a try!