Easter in St. Croix Virgin Islands
We celebrate Easter like no other place in the world. Some families start celebrating a week and a half to two weeks before Easter by camping out at various beaches on St. Croix from west end to east end. This includes Salt River, also know and Columbus Landing a historical site, whereby they have to get a permit from the National Park Service. Schools are on holiday from Holy Thursday to Easter Monday. Most stores are closed on Good Friday including Banks. By- law liquor can not be bought or sold on Good Friday until after 4:00 pm.
On Good Friday, St Croix Virgin Islands cultural cuisine is at its best (we eat fresh.) We prepared White Herring (Mackerel) in Red Wine Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Tania, Tostones and a Garden Salad based with a Home Made special Dressing – Randy’s Dressing – a combination of natural herbs. Others may prepare Salt Fish, Sweet Potatoes and Dumpling, Ducana, with a combination of Spinach and Egg Plant. While others prepare Local Fry Fish and Johnny Cake with Rice and Pigeon Pease. It is a feast to remember.
On Easter Sunday there is not set food to eat, just food galore. For dessert local pies e.g. sweet potatoe and pumpkin pies, complemented with an abundance of Fresh Fruit.
We wish you a Happy Easter from Homeland Collections Portrait Gallery in St. Croix US Virgin Islands.
Denise Bennerson PhD, Photographer and Food Connoisseur