Throughout my childhood in St. Mary, Jamaica W.I., Easter was & still is a large celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. It is preceded by forty days of Lent, during which some Jamaicans abstain from their favorite indulgences. Many give up drinking alcohol, eating pork, or meat altogether. As a result, more fish tends to be eaten during Lent, particularly on Good Friday which is a fast day for the more religious. In my family, we attended church on Good Friday for a minimum of 3 hours in honor of time Jesus spent on the cross. Bun and cheese are a must for Jamaicans in the Easter season, and the supermarket shelves are laden with Easter buns of all sizes. Since no cooking was done on Good Friday, we devoured Bun and cheese all day. School children get an Easter break of about 2 weeks; Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays. After Good Friday, the mood lightens, and by Saturday evening there are usually a few parties going on. Easter Sunday is another church day, with white as the color of choice for many of the ladies’ dresses. Easter Monday is a day for the beach, kite flying, flower shows or any of a host of events.
This past Easter we celebrated the Resurrection at my Mom’s church. My cousin and I regularly attend an Episcopal church and we are confirmed Anglicans, but my Mom is a member of a non-denominational church very close to her home. On Easter and Mother’s day we attend church with her and and then venture out for a late breakfast thereafter. It was a cloudy & windy day in SoFlo and I shopped my closet for this outfit. The top and skirt still had tags on them and together they cost $13.68. Both are a result of my latest closet purge.
The Max Studio skirt was folded in my closet for years and purchased from TJ Maxx. The Merona top is from the clearance rack at Target. The shoes are old Nine West. The handbag is very old Michael Kors that I had repaired.
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