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Jamaica Day 2017 -  Live From Ali's school :-)

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Jamaica Day is celebrated each year as part of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information effort to instill the spirit of nationalism which is necessary for the social and cultural development of Jamaica.

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The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Exploring Our Legacy in a Global Context’.

I accompanied Ali (my 5 year old daughter) to her school today and thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour program, lot's of exciting presentations, both from children and parents - from poems and poetry (of the Louise Bennett kind) to dance and skits.

Her school focused on the legacy of the famous Jamaicans from the west who have made a significant contribution to our country, both at the parish (St. James) level and at the national.

These included:

  • Theodore Whitmore
  • Mark Kerr-Jarrett 
  • Tony Hart
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Violet Nelson
  • Warren Barrett &
  • Paul Tegat Davis

And yeah, Ali took part in both the dances and speech; I'll be sharing a few of those pics and videos on the site later - but here is a preview.

jamaica_day_2017_kids_dance_2Students performing traditional Jamaican dance during Jamaica Day 2017 in Montego Bay
jamaica_day_2017_kids_skitChildren performing at Jamaica Day

And yes, you probably figured that there was Jamaica colours and decorations all over, but you know what caught my eye - outside of the wonderful presentations by the children?

Yep, the food!

jamaican cornmeal puddingJamaican cornmeal pudding on sale at the Jamaica Day event

They had a 'healthy' display of Jamaican food on display, including:

jamaica_day_2017_fried_frittersJamaican Saltfish Fritters
jamaica_day_2017_tun_cornmealJamaican tun cornmeal

Of course the one that grabbed my attention was the Tun Cornmeal
Yeah man, I haven't seen nor had that in years!

So, again, of course, I made sure to get a bit, it was delicious - with the sorrel chutney!

The event was truly fun though, and I believe it was great learning (and good reflection) for all of us.

As I say, more to come on this.
See Also: Jamaica Day 2012

I'm thinking that next year I'll do a live broadcast to share with you and all my readers - what say you :-)

Regards,
Wellesley

jamaica_day_2017_kids_danceThe students performing a skit at Jamaica Day event

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