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Jamaican Independence Day

Aug. 02, 2021

Jamaican Independence Day

Jamaican Independence Day is probably one of the BIGGEST days in Jamaican history – it marks Jamaica’s Independence from the United Kingdom, which was first granted on August 6th, 1962. It is now the National Day of Jamaica and is a huge celebration!

History of Jamaican Independence Day

On 6th August 1962, when the Jamaica Independence Act was passed by parliament, the Jamaican flag was flown for the first time. This was momentous for Jamaica, and, to this day, the 6th of August is marked by flag hoisting ceremonies!

Celebration of Jamaican Independence Day

Jamaican Independence Day is a massive celebration! It is celebrated by generations and is a national holiday in Jamaica. The days leading up to the 6th are crammed with activities and parties all celebrating Jamaica’s Independence – because one day of celebrating is simply not enough!

The main event of Independence Day is the Jamaica Festival. This was first organised in 1962 and has gotten bigger and bigger every year since! It starts off with the flag-raising ceremony to honour how far Jamaica has come and includes the Grand Gala where there are hundreds of performers and there’s even a float parade featuring cars and music trucks. The festival also includes the World Reggae Dance Finals, the Miss Jamaica Pageant, and the Independence Festival Song Competition. You wouldn’t want to miss out on those! There’s also emancipation vigils, markets selling local produce, and traditional music to celebrate all things Jamaican. The festival is known to bring triumph and joy!

Fear not – you won’t miss out! Want to celebrate in the UK?

In the UK, the Jamaica Independence Festival is to take place this year in Birmingham on August 7th. It is jam-packed with music, delicious Caribbean Street Food and UK’s biggest BBQ Jerk Traders! Want to find out more? Check it out here!

The London Jerk Festival also occurs annually to embrace Jamaica’s food, music and culture. Check out the 2019 after movie here. Now that’s not one you want to miss out on!

Did you know?

Jamaica is the only country in the world whose flag doesn’t include the colours red, white, or blue. The Jamaican flag is black and green with a yellow cross. The black represents the strength and creativity of the people, gold signifies natural wealth and sunlight, whilst green symbolises agricultural resources and hope.

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