Jamaica

by: Sophia Grace, World Geography, November 5, 2014

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Physical and Political Map of Jamiaca

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Welcome to Paradise!

Come visit the magnificent and unique attractions of Jamaica! We have groundbreaking waterfalls, beautiful rivers, and amazing mountain sightings for the whole family! From a fun night out in the dolphin cove with the kids to romantic getaway in the famous Rio Bueno we have it all! Join us and tell us what you think, ENJOY!

Religion

Most of the population of Jamaica is Christian. Here in the United States, 77% of the population is Christian as well.

Language

English is the official language of Jamaica, however Patois is also being used in urban areas which is a mix of English and African languages. "Wah gaan" is the most common way of greeting someone in Jamaica.
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Ethnic groups

More than 90% of Jamaica's population are black. 7% are mixed ethnicities and 2% are East Indian.

Customs and Traditions

One of the most popular traditions in Jamaica are ritual events and acts. The ritualistic acts are very significant to defining the Jamaican culture in their society. Just like most of the people in the United States they celebrate Christmas and Easter holidays. Another ritual popular in Jamaica is the Nine Night. This tradition is celebrated after the death of a loved one. Some of the delicious cuisine served in Jamaica are Jerk Chicken Recipes, Jerk Pork and the infamous Red Striped Beer. Jamaican music consists of dance hall, rock steady and most importantly Reggae.

Economy

The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which accounts for nearly 80% of GDP. Jamaica's economy derives on tourism, travel, remittances, and bauxite/alumina.

Holidays and Festivals

Just like us, Jamaica celebrates Easter and Christmas, they're are some differences. For example, February 6 has become a national holiday to commemorate Bob Marley's birthday in which for four days they dance and sing to music festivals in his birthplace. On August 6, Jamaica is invaded with floats, costume groups and music bands to celebrate Independence Day. Another national holiday the third Monday of October which is National Heroes day. Most of Jamaica honors its 7 National Heroes.
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