Easter festivities fall precisely in the middle of the dry season in Trinidad and Tobago – which means that those who spend the day indoors choose to do many outdoor activities to spend time. This is a glimpse of some activities, and some other celebrated traditions that define Easter in this island nation.
Admire the poui trees
It is the time of the year when the tabebuia (or poui, as it is known locally) blooms completely and spreads over the hills and roadsides with bright yellow flowers. A strain of poui produces delicate pink flowers that remind of cherry blossoms from Japan. Regardless of the color, the view of a blooming poui tree is simply stunning, social media users post their images on Facebook and Instagram. It wouldn't look like Easter without that poui perfection!
Enjoy a snow cone
It is a delicious taste at any time, but this bright and colorful combination of crushed ice, syrups of various flavors and (often) condensed milk, seems more refreshing around Easter. Vendors frequent popular beaches and Queen's Park Savannah (the capital's main green space) to attract potential customers.
To fly high
Another popular Easter tradition is flying kite with a contest that takes place every Easter Sunday at Queen's Park Savannah.
It is also a common vision at this time of year to see cricket teams adorned with their “whites” in friendly matches on community sports courts (and yes, in Savannah).
Eat Easter bun
Easter would not be Easter without the taste of Easter rolls. As far as the religious denominations go, the population of Trinidad and Tobago is predominantly Christian and the pancitos are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.