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