Easter celebrations are certainly not limited to the Caribbean, but in a predominately Christian region such as ours, you'll find many devout island residents. From easter egg hunts to cross buns and the reverance of Holy Week church services, Easter and its associated traditions are revered and upheld. One of the perhaps lesser known Caribbean Easter traditions is Good Friday Kite Day.
Children are out of school for Easter break and from the countryside to the peninsula, if you look to the sky you will find colorful kites soaring against the blue. Many are homemade and decorated with beautiful designs, and there are competitions and prizes for the best creations. Easter time emphasizes family time, and to see families out in their yard, in the park, or on the beach sharing time together flying kites on this special day will bring a smile to your face.
Good Friday kite-flying is reported to have begun with a teacher who employed a kite to explain Christ's ascension into Heaven to his students. The tradition is celebrated throughout much of the Caribbean, including St. Kitts and Nevis. Christophe Harbour has a number of great locations throughout the resort community to fly kites, especially at Sandy Bank, Turtle Beach or Majors Bay beaches. So take advantage of your Caribbean home and enjoy Kite Day on Good Friday. You won't regret it!