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Easter in the Virgin Islands is more about worship, celebration, family and food than it is about bunnies, candy and colorful eggs. The Caribbean is predominately Christian and so Easter church services are heavily attended. Only fish is served for Easter Sunday dinner and only black and white is worn. No red meat is eaten the entire week and traditional delicacies are made like spiced raisin buns(get recipe here) or saltfish.

It is a tradition in the Virgin Islands to camp on the beach. Small tent villages pop up with small and large families gathering together and cooking, swimming and enjoying the outdoors for the long weekend up to two weeks. You will also see groups of power boats from Puerto Rico enjoying the Virgin Islands shores.

 

If you’ve driven on North Shore Road or route 20, you have seen a giant rock perched on the side of the road shaped like an egg. That is Easter Egg Rock. The legend goes that the night before Easter Sunday the giant rock rolls down to the beach to drink from the sea and then returns to its home before sunrise. Non-believers have to explain why it is wet in the morning, even if it hasn’t rained in weeks.

The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 21st.

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