EASTER BONNET COMPETITIONS
Easter bonnet parades and competitions are popular activities held at schools, shopping malls and other venues throughout the country. Other related activities held at this time are Easter eggs hunts and tea parties.
This popular activity takes place every year on Easter Monday in Buccoo, Tobago. The racing track resembles that of horse racing. The jockeys run behind or next to the goat encouraging them on. They race for prizes, and to crown a champion of the goat racers. There are also crab races, sometimes reserved especially for visitors to the island.
Kite flying is another activity synonymous with Easter in Trinidad and Tobago. Kite flying competitions have been popular amongst the faithful in recent years. Several organisations have an annual competition with giveaways and music all day long where contestants vie for the title of best kite flyer.
Horse racing on Easter Monday is another traditional Easter pastime. Racing began in Trinidad as early as 1838 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, but today the Santa Rosa Park in Arima is home to all Horse Racing tournaments.
Many families and friends make it an Easter weekend ritual to camp out on beaches across Trinidad and Tobago. In Trinidad, some of these popular spots for this long weekend are Macqueripe, Maracas, Las Cuevas and Manzanilla beaches in the north, Mayaro beach in the south east, and Los Iros, Quinam, and Vessigny beaches in the south. In Tobago, popular spots include, Store Bay, Black Rock, Pigeon Point, among others.