Two Jamaican Easter Traditions

To those who celebrate,

Sameach Pesach!

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Happy Easter!

Two Jamaican Easter Traditions

In the past, it was traditional to set egg white in a glass cup on the evening of Holy Thursday. On the morning of Good Friday, predictions would be made based on the pattern or shape of the egg white. For example, a ship meant travel, and a ring meant marriage.

Another Jamaican Easter tradition that I first heard from my mother when I was a child was about the Physic Nut tree (Jatropha curcas), which has deeply religious meaning in the Caribbean. It’s said that it tends to “bleed” at midday on Good Friday. This red sap, which resembles blood, has been associated with Jesus’ crucifixion. Moreover, some people believe that the wood of this tree was used to make the cross on which he was crucified.

2 responses to “Two Jamaican Easter Traditions”

  1. I’ve only heard about both these traditions from my mother as well


    1. Great! When I was a child, I used to scoff at some Jamaican traditions, but I have a deep appreciation for them now.

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