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Generally speaking our Jamaican celebrations pays tributes to, recognize, and honor our people - past and present, our culture, our music, our food, and everything that defines us Jamaican.


We have lots of them and there are year round! If you ask me, I would probably tell you they fall into four categories:

  • The Music Festivals

    Thanks to the extreme popularity of Reggae Music, our music festivals are well known. Reggae Sumfest, Reggae Sunsplash, East Fest, Sting and Rebel Salute, are probably the biggest names in local music events.

    Of course, their is also the annual International Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival, The Ocho Rios Jazz festivals, The Port Royal Music festival and the ever exciting Jamaica Carnival.

    By the way, 2008 marked the inaugural Reggae Academy Awards (IRI Awards). No doubt this will be a sizzler!

  • National Holidays

    We have ten (10) national holidays, four of which are Christian holiday, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Christmas Day, the other 6 are more secular- Labour Day, Independence Day, Emancipation Day, National Heroes Day, New Year's Day and Boxing Day.

    Heroes Day, Emancipation Day and Independence day however are a lot more reflective and a lot of appropriate events takes place to recognize that.

    In fact, it is typically those days that the diaspora celebrate with us from wherever they are in the world. The Canadians for example, celebrate our independence day with Jamaica Day.

  • Food Festivals

    These are my favourite! I love them :-)

    Every time I visit one I see something unique, something new! There are Curry Festivals, Mango Festivals, Breadfruit Festivals, Jerk Festival, Yam Festivals, Bammy, Crab, Lobster, Shrimp & Seafood Festivals, and even Chicken Back festivals.

    There are also the annual food and agricultural shows for example, the Denbigh and the Hague agricultural shows.

  • Cultural Celebrations

    Oh boy, we have quite a few here. In addition to the designated holiday celebrations, we also have:

    1) The annual Bob Marley Birthday celebrations held on February 6th each year,

    2) The National Festival of the Arts which runs through the summer- beginning early on and ending on Jamaican Independence Day, and

    3) The Accompong Maroon Festival which takes place each year on January 6- the birthday of Captain Cudjoe who defeated the English army.

    4) We also have Heritage Fest, an annual festival, held each fall in that celebrates and uses food, dance and music to explore the diversity of Jamaica's population.

Heritage Fest pays homage to all of the diverse ethnicities found in Jamaica.  By the way, many other food, cultural and music celebrations happens all over the world were the diaspora resides. The UK, Canada and the US are dominant.

For specific information on any of these, and other Jamaican celebrations or events, please check with your local travel agent or your guest relations desk at the hotel.

You may also bookmark my current events in Jamaica and annual events in Jamaica pages as well. It keeps you up with the very latest news from Jamaica.

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