A Caribbean Christmas in Barbados
- Without snow or mistletoe, you’d be forgiven for thinking a Caribbean Christmas would not be the typical festive holiday-jaunt. Known for their love of food and celebration however, the Barbadians take great pride in their festive traditions.
The annual Christmas morning walk in Bridgetown’s Queens Park, brings families and friends together for a stroll on the promenade, where groups display their finest clothes and take part in an island fashion show.
Food is an important part of any celebration in Barbados and Christmas time is no different – festivities here include three vital components: ‘Jug Jug’, baked ham and ‘Great Cake’.
Jug Jug is a throwback to the country’s Scottish-heritage, Haggis, eaten traditionally with fresh garden peas and a herb-based sauce – a hearty, delicious plate of food.
In between the main course and dessert, a baked ham is cooked to share around with friends and extended family – smothered in a sweet, sticky, pineapple and sorrel glaze and topped with exotic fruits, this ham is served alone and without need of a plate.
Known as ‘Great Cake’, meaning ‘fruit cake’, this is made up of alcohol-soaked dry fruit, spices and lashings of luxurious liquor, from rum and port wine to sweet Caribbean syrup, falernum - this dish will take pride of place on every Caribbean table during the season.
Throughout the entire month of December, at various churches, bandstands and parks, Barbados is rife with musical entertainment – playing international jingles known world-wide, to classic Bajan tunes, such as Maizie, from Caribbean-born singers.
It seems, no matter where you are in the world at Christmas, music always plays a large part in the celebrations.