The Caribbean Dictionary

The Christmas season tradition of carrying sand from the beaches on moonlit nights and spreading it in yards to simulate snow.
A form of brukdown traditionally done during the Christmas season. It is only celebrated in rural areas (backabush).
Type of fireworks done during holidays, such as Divali and Christmas. It consists of a large bamboo and a mixture of calcium carbide...
A large outdoor fair held on Christmas morning when traditional business are closed. At this fair, vendors sell a wide variety of...
Strong seasonal winds that occur during the months of December and January
To commit to buying pork before the pig is slaughtered. The practice was intended to avoid wasting meat in the pre-refrigeration era.
A black analogue to Santa Claus who, along with his servants delivers gifts to children across the country on December 6th. They...
A large outdoor fair held on Christmas morning when traditional business are closed. At this fair, vendors sell a wide variety of...
A traditional dish made primarily from green pigeon peas. The peas are cooked with salt meat (beef or pork). The stock is poured off,...
A homemade firework popular around the Christmas/New Year's season
A Vincentian holiday season festivity that begins nine days before Christmas. During the festival Vincentians wake in the early hours...
A Haitian analogue to Santa Claus
Music played during Christmas time, with a lot of Spanish influences
A cream-based liqueur. Main ingredients typically include milk, eggs, sugar, rum, and other minor ingredients such as vanilla,...
A rum and eggnog drink that is particularly popular around the Christmas season.
The Christmas time tradition of going house to house and serenading residents with carols. The residents typically reward the...
A Christmas specialty liquor made from orange and tangerine peel, white rum, and cane syrup.
sorrel
Roselle (hibiscus sabdariffa) is a member of the hibiscus, okra and cotton family. This annual herb grows erect and is sparsely...
starlight
A slow burning firework popular around holiday seasons. It consists of a metal wire coated with a flammable batter that has dried. It...
A fermented drink made from sweet potatoes, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace.