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A Caribbean Christmas

Terry, Jayden, Verina and Julian Jagassar.   - Amanda Oye photo
Terry, Jayden, Verina and Julian Jagassar.
— image credit: Amanda Oye photo

A holiday celebration with a Caribbean twist was experienced at East Richmond Community Hall last Saturday during Carnival Sensations Caribbean Society’s annual Caribbean Christmas event.

“Christmas is a very popular time in the Caribbean,” said Ramona Cruickshank, president of Carnival Sensations Caribbean Society.

“It’s very traditional,” she said.

The event gave people a chance to learn about Caribbean culture and to come together and have fun celebrating the holiday season with family and friends.

“It is a chance for people in the public to come by and get a taste of what Christmas in the Caribbean is really like,” Cruickshank said.

Throughout the day there was live musical performances and lots of great traditional Caribbean food to enjoy including geera pork, Portugal chow and pholourie.

The event was family-friendly with plenty of activities for young kids including face painting and an arts and crafts station.

As much as the event was about celebrating the season, it was also about curing homesickness.

“Many people are home sick here [during the holidays],” Cruickshank said.

“It’s cold and you want to be back home with family and friends,” she said.

Saturday’s event brought a little taste of home to those missing the Caribbean.

Amanda Oye covers the social scene for The Richmond Review. Her column appears every Wednesday. She may be reached at

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