Jamaica Independence Day Date: August 6
Jamaica celebrates Independence Day as a public holiday.
Jamaica National Day was first celebrated on August 6, 1962 by raising the National Flag which signified the birth of the nation. This auspicious occasion is celebrated every year in Jamaica and 6th day of August is noted as a national holiday in Jamaica.
Jamaica Independence Day History
The history of independence of Jamaica was approved through General elections. February 1962 saw the Legislation & the Premier Norman Manley approving the new constitution and called it the General Elections. In this way, Alexander Bustamente got elected during April and was first one to be the Jamaican Prime Minister.
On August 6, 1962, the nation was given the status of an independent country and a member of the British Commonwealth. The British would dominate the Jamaicans and they did not have access to rights and freedom. Jamaica becoming an independent nation now meant that Britain no longer controlled the affairs of the country. It was now the responsibility of the newly elected Prime Minister and the locally elected Cabinet to look into the matter to ensure equal rights and freedom to all the Jamaican citizens.
Jamaica has various national symbols, which are the representatives of their rich history & culture. Its national Flag, Tree, Fruit and Bird, all signifies its rich culture, which defines the Jamiacans, who are extremely proud of where they come from.
The Flag brings memories of the past achievements to mind. It also imparts inspiration toward further successes. It gets flown during several triumphant occasions and shows the pride, which Jamaicans have in the country as well as the flag. The flag is of three different colors such as black, gold and green. Black depicts creativity and strength of its people; gold depicts the wealth & beauty of the sunlight and the green, which shows the hope and the agricultural resources.
The Blue Mohoe (Hibiscus Elatus) is the National Tree of Jamaica. Its National fruit is the Ackee (Blighia sapida). Last but not the least, its National bird is the beautiful Doctor-bird, which is also called as Swallow-tail humming bird. Thus, these symbols distinguish the Jamaicans from the others.
Jamaica Independence Day Traditions and Activities
The Jamaica National Day is officially celebrated by announcing a national holiday in the whole country. The Jamaican people come down in the streets and go for parades. They celebrate their Independence Day by wearing clothes and shoes with the colors of the Jamaican National Flag.
A festival is held on this occasion, which is commonly known as the Jamaica Festival. This festival provides a major trading opportunity for a number of Jamaicans. The mandate of the Jamaica Festival is to primarily focus on the “Things Jamaican”; the creativity in Jamaican and their cultural awareness across different levels in socio-economic reforms.
Edward Seaga, the JLP Minister, who looked after Development & Welfare then, spelled out during the Jamaica’s Long-term Development Plan (1963-1968) that the festival was imperative for national development. According to him, it was the way to give Jamaicans the sense of what they are, and what is their culture and history is all about. It prevails even today and identifies the Jamaicans.