The Paschal season has different significance for Jamaicans, and may be considered to be either a time of reverence or revelry, and for some, both. Some of the things Jamaicans do during Easter time include:
1. Eating lots of bun and cheese.2. Cooking many fish dishes.
Some persons give up eating red meat during the Easter season.
3. Observing Good Friday as a holy day.
Tradition stipulates that very little work be done on Good Friday, and absolutely no hard, manual labour before 3:00 p.m. All cooking should be finished before 12 noon, and also, no fires or stove should be lit between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3:00p.m. – in reverence for the time Jesus Christ hung on the cross.
Today in Jamaica, the hours between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. are spent in quiet reflection and thanksgiving for what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did for us. Jesus came and gave his life as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we would not have to be punished for our sins and face eternal damnation, and everlasting death.
4. Going to church.
In Jamaica, you will only see certain persons attend church for weddings, dedication of babies, and funerals. They will also attend services at Easter time and at Christmas.
Persons who go to church for Good Friday worship service usually wear black and white, or clothing in darker colours. On Easter Sunday however, they wear white or brighter colours in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
4. Watching the Jesus movie.
This year, in Jamaica, we have the premier of the Jesus Film spoken in Jamaican patwa (patois) showing on our television station TVJ. You may watch the trailer below.
5. Participating in Carnival activities which begin the day right after Good Friday.
6. Catching up on much needed sleep.
7. Finishing up work.
Some persons also spend a few hours during Easter time to finishing up incomplete home projects, mending of clothes, and doing car repairs etc.
8. Spending quality time with family in the home and going out to selected venues. Some persons also spend Easter visiting their relatives in the country.
9. Going to parties.
10. Doing nothing. Some Jamaicans do not place any special emphasis on Easter time, and view this period as just an ordinary holiday break.