In some respects, Easter is more anticipated in Cayman than any other holiday, including Christmas.
Unlike Christmas, Easter always brings two public holidays wrapped around a weekend, so it means four consecutive days off for many people.
While both Christmas and Easter are both at their core religious holidays, Christians recognise the latter, which celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ – the foundation of Christianity – as the more significant holiday in terms of religion.
And unlike Christmas, where the focus is often on material things and on food and drink, Easter here has tended to focus on the things people do.
Easter is the time when more people go to church than any other time, often dressed in their Sunday best clothes.
This is the one time of year when tents pop up all over the beaches as Caymanians renew their relationship with nature. It is also a time when many people take weekend trips to Central America, to the United States, to Jamaica or other destinations.
It’s also a time for sailing regattas, boating contests, jet-ski riding, days at the beach, barbeques, domino games, and lazing in a hammock. For those who don’t travel away, Easter is a time when people enjoy the islands for what they offer every day, but for which they rarely make the time.
Easter also marks the transitional time when the cool dry season begins to give way to the hotter and more humid season, when the winds shift southerly, and when the sea temperature starts to rise. It’s a reminder of the approaching heat, rain and hurricane threat.
Although the Easter break includes a lot of fun, it is important to remember to have the fun responsibly. Drivers need to remember to not drink and drive. Boaters need to remember this, too, for there will be many, many boats on the water this weekend and accidents can happen.
Campers should abide by the popular outdoorsman motto of leaving their campsite cleaner than they found it; in years past, some campers have left a mess.
And even if you aren’t religious, have respect for those who are, particularly on Easter Sunday. This is a country built on strong Christian beliefs. Sunday is not the day for loud, raucous parties that disturb neighbours, churches or quiet family gatherings.
No matter what you have planned for the coming weekend, we here at Cayman Free Press wish everyone a very happy, safe and fun Easter.