Bun and Cheesus: A Jamaican Easter

It’s that time of year again: midterm holidays, gone to country (be back soon), step into church for the first time since New Year’s, watch Passion of the Christ and chow down on some good old Easter bun and cheese.

Jamaicans have never been able to separate food from celebrations. Weddings – curry goat. Funerals – endless manish water. Christmas – ham and fruit cake. Easter – bun and cheese. It’s the simplest equation.

So whether you are trapped without WhatsApp in some back-a-bush family home, watching Passion of the Christ on your HD TV with Mom and Dad and popcorn, or dutifully attending church to get closer to your Lord and Saviour, I hope you have the happiest Easter and the nuffest bun and cheese.

Image not my own.

For Jamaicans abroad, don’t worry. Any bun and cheese is Easter bun and cheese. Even hot cross buns.


I now really want a picture of the Christ eating bun and cheese. Best Easter photo mashup EVER.

Easter Holidays

Today is being observed as Good Friday by the general Jamaican populace, one of many Christian traditions that have blended seamlessly into our culture. Unlike the Easter Holidays observed in the States though, the fuss is less about chocolate eggs and mischievous bunnies than good ol’ Easter bun and Christ’s crucifixion.

HTB. . . Bunnnn! (You know you just sang that)

Children will be gearing up for the triple threat holiday of Good Friday, Easter weekend (even though it means going to church) and Easter Monday. Not to mention stuffing their stomachs with as much bun and cheese as their little bowels can manage.

All us older folks will have to contend with giving people bun on Easter (same old, same old for some people).


Author’s Note: ‘Giving someone bun’ is a charming local colloquialism for cheating on someone. Not to be confused with giving someone bun for Valentine’s Day, though both practices are admittedly equally insulting.