Vacationing on the beachside under the stars during the Easter season is a time-honored Caymanian tradition that is a nod to the country’s maritime heritage (and, practically speaking, provides a cool and welcome respite from the warming inland atmosphere).
One of the hallmarks of local culture is the importance placed on Easter. Although it lacks the relentless, ubiquitous, months-long marketing fusillade of the Christmas holiday, when Easter does arrive, it enthralls the country just as completely.
The sounds of song emanating from packed houses of worships this weekend will attest that Cayman at its core remains a Christian nation.
Many believers in Christ will celebrate the resurrection of their savior this Sunday. Other Christians, particularly Seventh-day Adventists – who make up nearly 10 percent of the population – will worship on Saturday.
Many people recognize today, Thursday, as the day that Jesus hosted the Last Supper, the basis for the celebration of the Eucharist/communion in church services, and which itself is regarded as being, or at least linked to, a traditional Jewish Passover Seder.
This year, the eight-day Jewish Passover, or Pesach, began with the Seder Monday evening and ends this coming Tuesday evening. For Jews, the Passover is a remembrance of the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt, led by Moses as described in the Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus.
We hope that people will take care this weekend, which is an important religious occasion for many, to show respect for others, regardless of which religion they believe in, or if they believe at all.
According to the 2010 Census, the number of people who identified themselves as having no religion is on par with Seventh-day Adventists, and if considered as one group, the non-believers would trail only the Church of God and Roman Catholic Church in size.
Displays of respect should also be extended to the community as a whole, namely by cleaning up campsites on public beaches. We don’t need to remind anyone to dispose of their garbage properly and carry all their belongings back home – those who will be conscientious will do so, and those who won’t, won’t, no matter what the newspaper advocates.
We would, however, urge good citizens to go a step further, and not to hesitate to notify the police if you witness litterbugs trashing public areas that belong to all of us. (Note: Please don’t call 911. Littering is not by itself an emergency. Call the local police station or the main switchboard at 949-4222.)
The Compass wishes everyone a blissful holiday, filled with family, friends, food, drink, good memories, egg hunts, brunches and fantastic Easter bonnets. We haven’t forgotten about our old pal, the Easter Bunny, who’s always been good to us, and we’re sure will follow through again this year.
To everyone in Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman and beyond: Happy Easter!