Marked by regattas, spring festivals, and warmer winds, Easter ushers in a spirit of renewal in the Caribbean Islands. Holiday traditions throughout the region are steeped in the region’s Spanish, English, French, and Dutch cultures. Eggs have long been a symbol of renewal in Easter celebration. Kites, thought to represent Christ’s ascension to heaven, play a colorful role in many Easter activities.

On Palm Sunday, five churches of different denominations in Frederiksted gathered for a long and jubilant march around town in the morning. The large procession of worshipers featured two steel drum bands in truck beds, one Jesus figure riding a donkey and heaps of palms folded into crosses or waved in the air.

A procession of close to 30 people took place earlier in the day in Christiansted as members of the Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church walked and sang their way from Fort Christiansvaern to the church a few blocks away.

First Lady Cecile deJongh usually holds an Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before the holiday.