Aliza Bernal World Geography 11/09/14
Why you should go?
Religion of Jamaica
What do most of my people believe in?
How to say "Hello" in their language?
What are the major ethnic groups?
Customs and Traditions
Holidays and Festivals
On August 6, there is the Independence celebration which is held at the Jamaican National stadium in Kingston. Costumed people celebrate with a parade through the street leading to the Jamaica national stadium.
On Christmas day, there is the Junkanoo celebration where custom men dress in "scary" costume and dance in the street.
Carnival is fairly new to Jamaica and is an export from the Eastern Caribbean. The celebration lasts for a week. There are street dances and parades with a grand finale at the end of the week at the Jamaican national stadium in Kingston. The processions feature colorful floats and people in costumes.
Dances and Music
With the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island, seafood is plentiful in the Jamaican diet. Lobster, shrimp, and fish such as red snapper, tuna, mackerel, and jackfish are in abundance.
What do they do for a living?
Jamaica is one of the larger Caribbean Island and people live and work differently in various parts of the island. Some people work in the busy business areas, some work in the travel industry on the North and West coast of the island while others live in the countryside and are farmers.
Farming is common as many people buy their produce in the local markets in their town or district. Coffee farming and sugar cane are also main industries in Jamaica. Blue Mountain coffee is famous all over the world because of its great taste!
Holidays and Festivals
August 1 is celebrated as a national holiday and this marks the date of the emancipation of blacks in 1838. This is the time when apprentices finally got their freedom after the two-year apprenticeship period ended. At first suspicious and skeptical, the apprentices were watchful, prayerful and quiet until they later realized that they were truly and finally free
On Monday, August 6, 1962, Jamaica ceased to be a colony and became a nation. Being a nation meant that Jamaica would be responsible for is own affairs. Jamaicans would travel on Jamaican passports under the protection of the Jamaican Government. The Jamaican people were finally given right and Jamaica would be responsible for its own defence and in making treaties with foreign or Commonwealth Governments