A Grenada Tradition: Kite Flying at Easter

As an island with a vibrant history, Grenada has developed its own set of unique traditions that pair with the holidays throughout the year. At Christmastime, it’s sorrel drinks and parang music; rather than celebrating Halloween, many Grenadians pay respect to their passed loved ones on All Saints Day and All Souls Day; and at Easter, the sky is filled with kites.

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As Easter approaches every year in Grenada, the vibrant blue sky is offset by colorful kites soaring high above the earth, their trademark whining sound alerting passersby to look for them. Other places in the world, you would expect to see these bright colors hidden in the grass in the form of Easter eggs; here, you see them dancing among the clouds.

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You know its that time of year when roadside vendors pop up among the barbecue chicken and fruit stands and begin selling kites. While some choose to make their own kite each year, it is possible to purchase one to take part in the fun. The kites, a special kind known as a “Mad Bull”, feature a strong piece of cellophane tape that catches the wind and creates the kite’s signature noise (something akin to a remote controlled airplane or giant mosquito).

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No matter where you go on the island, you are likely to see kites flying high in the time leading up to Easter. Really, the only location not suited for kite flying is near the airport and the airlines flight path over the island, as they can get pulled into the engines of the plane. During the four day Easter weekend, the beaches and parks are filled with children and their parents continuing on the holiday tradition.

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If you are with us during Easter, arrange for a picnic snack to take with you while you explore the island in search of kites, or take a hobie cat out on the water for an unobstructed view of the shore (and sky).

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Ciao,

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