Easter traditions 'rejEGGted'

April 13, 2017
An actor portrays Jesus during a performance of the Crucifixion.
The Physic Nut tree (like this one adjacent to the Spaldings Police Station in Clarendon), is rumoured to bleed if you chop or cut it at noon on Good Friday. It is also said that this is the tree on which Jesus was crucified.
Organic eggs
Rev Al Miller


Ruel Dunn is happy that some Easter traditions are disappearing because he feels that they are associated with things that are paganistic.

In years gone by, and perhaps still practised in sections of Jamaica, persons would engage in several practices on Good Friday, one of which is to cut the Physic Nut tree.

"This is the tree that it was said Jesus was crucified on. On Good Friday at 11:59 a.m., you would cut it and it would run white like water, but when you cut it at noon, and bam! The substance that was cut looks like red drops of blood, and I saw that many times till I stopped because I felt that it was cruel to do it," Dunn said.

The Labyrinth, St Mary, resident said that while growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, people did not sew or light fires on Good Friday morning. He said that a common practice was the breaking of eggs in a bid to predict the future.

"We used to break the eggs and put them in water, and by midday whatsoever is formed in it would determine one's destiny. People would see a plane and say that they would migrate. Some people saw ships, while others saw their caskets," he said.

Dunn argued after his knowledge increased, he found that many of the Easter traditions could be traced back to paganism.

Beris Walker, a resident of King Weston in St Andrew, said the Easter traditions are fast disappearing.

"Back inna the days a grow up we always set we egg and yuh see weh yuh want fi see, and yuh say a dat a go happen," he said.


Redemption plan


However, "the youths them nowadays nah deal wid them thing ya," he added.

Pastor Al Miller told THE WEEKEND STAR that it seems people are not engaging in those traditions as much these days.

"Especially in the city, the traditions are not been passed down to the youths. The city life has not afforded for the continuation of these traditions," Al Miller said.

He said that the Church does not get involved in some Easter traditions.

"We see Easter traditions as a parallel reminder of the Passover. We use it as a time to remember the redemption plan of Christ for mankind," Miller said.

Meanwhile, Apostle Franz Fletcher of Church on the Rock said persons should not lose the true meaning of the season.

"Easter is a reminder of the cross and the power of the blood of Jesus, and unfortunately many of us have downplayed the power of the cross. Some people have become so modern and sophisticated that they downplay the power of the cross," Fletcher said.

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