Celebrating the holidays in Jamaica? You’re excited. The holidays are one of the island’s busiest times and the whole Caribbean feel is alive and in the air, mingling with the sense of Christmas. What is there to see and do? Read on to find out.
The Jamaicans love to celebrate (as, if you’re a returning visitor to the island, you’ve undoubtedly realized) and here you’ll likely see one or two Junkanoo celebrations (typically held on December 26th and January 1st), where men don costumes and jump about in the street. This can occur as a parade, or merely at a party, but the idea is to celebrate the end of the year and to ring in the new one. A great time to be had by all, if you get the chance to attend or see one, you shouldn’t miss it.
Another holiday celebration unique to Jamaica, is the Accompong Maroon Festival, which is held every year on January 6th to celebrate the Maroons (freed slaves of the region) and their hero Cudjoe who was responsible for the achievement of a temporary triumph over the British imperialists during the war of 1729-1739.
Additional celebrations are held in much the traditional Anglican Christmas fashion, where everyone gathers to exchange presents, go to church, and share time with the family. Once Christmas descends upon Jamaica, many restaurants have specialty Christmas dishes that only roll around once a year, so consider dining out and experiencing some unique Christmastime fare.