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Caddy ol’ Punch ~ My “Gamma Cherry” Kite for Easter

It is a well-known tradition for Guyanese/Caribbean people to fly kites on and around Easter. Outsiders may question its origins or be amazed at our kite obsessions to celebrate this religious holiday. The seawall attracts thousands of kite flyers and vendors. Some of the elders in my family claimed that flying a kite signified the arising of Jesus Christ into Heaven. On Good Friday, Granny made sure we looked our best for the church. The Easter celebrations commenced with a beautiful concert. My cousin always wanted to play Mary, the mother of Jesus. She would adorn herself with an old cloth neatly wrapped around her head and a ragged bed sheet with a rope for her dress. I was a member of t

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