Jamaica celebrates its independence from Britain, which came on August 6, 1962. The colors of the Jamaican flag—green, black, and gold—are always noticeable here, but none more so than on this day. To celebrate this Jamaica holiday all towns and resorts put on parties with lots of dancing and eating.
The festivities don’t stop on Christmas day in Jamaica. Just as in Canada, the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. In Jamaica it marks the beginning of the Pantomime in the country.
Easter is one of the biggest holidays for Jamaicans. Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays, making Easter the only four-day weekend throughout the year, and therefore a perfect time for family & friends to fellowship.
It is perhaps the tradition most closely rooted in African cultures – the Kumina religious group came originally from the Congo. Kumina combines Jamaican dances, traditional songs, and rhythmic drumming – it’s very musical in nature and spectacular to watch.
February is traditionally the month where Valentine’s day is celebrated over much of the world, and of course, Jamaica is no exception. It’s actually a really big celebration with loving couples declaring their feelings just as others do worldwide.
Generally, Santas are at stores or malls collecting money for the Salvation Army. Often they are giving gifts to children in local hospitals thanks to the support of civic organizations. Many Jamaicans do exchange Christmas gifts, especially for children.
|Names||The Cross, Black, green and gold|
|Use||National flag and civil ensign|
|Adopted||6 August 1962|
Easter is also a big holiday weekend. Many Jamaicans go to church on Good Friday; one holiday superstition involves leaving an egg white out in some water on Holy Thursday and seeing what shape it takes overnight. For instance, if it sets like a ship, travel is in your future.
Jamaican culture is a product of the interaction between Europe and Africa. Terms such as “Afro-centred” and “Euro-centred,” however, are often used to denote the perceived duality in Jamaican cultural traditions and values. European influences persist in public institutions, medicine, Christian worship, and the arts.
Religion of Jamaica
Freedom of worship is guaranteed by Jamaica’s constitution. Most Jamaicans are Protestant. The largest denominations are the Seventh-day Adventist and Pentecostal churches; a smaller but still significant number of religious adherents belong to various denominations using the name Church of God.
Traditions of Boxing Day
One theory is that it comes from the fact that servants were given their presents in boxes on this day, the 26th being the first working day after Christmas day. This tradition of giving gifts for service extended beyond servants to tradesmen, such as milkmen, butchers, etc.
Jamaican congregants often wear black to church services for mass on Good Friday. On Easter day, everyone brings out their white and most colorful clothing to celebrate the Resurrection. Adults put an egg white in a glass of water on Holy Thursday night.
|Good Friday||Friday, March 25, 2016|
|Easter Monday||Monday, March 28, 2016|
|Labour Day||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|Emancipation Day||Monday, August 1, 2016|
Taboo subjects Though Jamaicans can be very direct in conversation, there are some subjects that are deeply frowned upon, that most will not discuss. These include homosexuality, oral sex, STDs, abortion and rape.
Jamaicans are the citizens of Jamaica and their descendants in the Jamaican diaspora. The vast majority of Jamaicans are of African descent, with minorities of Europeans, East Indians, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and others of mixed ancestry.
Why do Rastafarians not eat pork? It is considered unclean because the pig is a scavenger and therefore pork is destructive to human body. Most rastas do not eat any type of meat because they believe that touching meat is the same as touching death.
Grasshoppers anyone? Jamaicans are used to their rice and peas and chicken, curried goat and white rice, and their ackee and salt fish with yam and banana (throw in roast breadfruit too). Bugs remain a traditional food in many cultures across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. …
Our local dialect, Jamaican Patois, is a colorful and energetic sing-song language that constantly evolves. Some refer to our native tongue as broken English, heavily influenced by our African, Spanish, French, and English colonial heritage.
Jamaican traditional dances fall roughly into three categories: African derived, European derived and Creole, that is, a mixture of both types. … European derived dances such as Etu, Quadrille and Maypole were originally of religious significance, but are now largely social.
The Habinahan Wanaragua Jankunu Festival (also known as the John Canoe festival) is a traditional Garifuna dance festival which sees masked and costumed dancers parading the streets and roaming from house to house accompanied by the beat of drummers.
Do you come here often? I miss you. Mi miss yuh. I love you. Mi luv yuh.
‘Mi Deh Yah, Yuh Know’
The expression is often used as a response to “wah gwaan, and it means “Everything is okay.” It may also mean “I’m doing well.”
A traditional wedding in Jamaica typically involved the whole village or community where the couple lived. … If the ceremony was held in a church, it usually followed the form of an English wedding. The groom wore a new suit, and the bride wore a white dress and veil.
While in Jamaica, most people stick to the tradition of no cooking before noon on Good Friday, others forgo this and make it a grand occasion. If you are having family or friends over for the holidays, here are some quick and easy recipes to try.
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