The old folks don’t know where the tradition came from, but they remember how they used to do it.
The night before Easter is called Judas Night. It is “celebrated” by the younger generation running around town in the middle of the night grabbing anything that isn’t bolted down and putting it under an effigy of Judas hung from a lightpole. But the old folks claim that they would grab an old cayuko, fill it with the things they had stolen from the neighborhood and run it up to long field, where they would set everything up with the Judas effigy leaning against the mast. And they would leave a note with the name of the owner on the stolen goods to make sure that they would get back to whom they belonged.
Below is a gallery of a few of the Judas effigies around town this year:
There aren’t many places where there is a holiday based on stealing. Welcome to the Caribbean coast!