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Christmas Traditions in Jamaica
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in Jamaica. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World! This article features popular Jamaican Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Jamaica. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language!

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Christmas Traditions in Jamaica
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Jamaica:

  • Many UK Christmas traditions were passed to Jamaica because it was British colony. Jamaica became an independent nation on August 6, 1962

  • Jamaican Christmas traditions and customs include decorations, trees, Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, and gifts

  • Jonkanoo (or John Canoe) is a traditional Christmas celebration in Jamaica. This includes street dancing and a great parade through the streets with Jamaicans dressed in colorful masquerade costumes in which masks are worn

Christmas Traditions in Jamaica - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Jamaica:

  • A typical Christmas dinner in Jamaica might consist of a traditional UK roast beef or lamb dinner and a Jamaican style rum based Christmas cake but is more likely to consist of curried goat, chicken, roast ham served with and rice and gungo peas

  • Christmas traditions in Jamaica include a sorrel drink, served over ice, which is made from dried sorrel, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, orange peel and rum

Jamaican Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Jamaica? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in Jamaica:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Jamaican? Merry Christmas, occasionally Happy Christmas
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Santa Claus or Father Christmas

Facts and Information about Jamaica
Learn a little about the country of Jamaica, as well as its Christmas traditions! The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about Jamaica:

  • Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba

  • Jamaican Land Size : 10,991 sq km

  • Jamaican Climate / Weather : tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior

  • Capital City of Jamaica : Kingston

  • Currency of Jamaica : Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Facts and Information about the Jamaican Flag
Facts and info about the flag of Jamaica:

  • The history of the Jamaican flag: The colors on the Jamaican flag represent the following modern symbolism:

    • Yellow - a symbol of sunshine and natural resources

    • Green - the land and hope for the future

    • Black - the burdens borne by the people

Christmas Traditions in Jamaica
This article provides an overview of the country and the different Christmas traditions in Jamaica. Lots of free, facts and information for kids, children and teachers! Popular Jamaican Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Jamaica.


 

Christmas Traditions in Jamaica

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  • Festive greetings in Jamaican
  • Interesting Facts and Info about Jamaica - including the Flag of Jamaica
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  • Free, useful facts and interesting information
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Christmas Traditions in Jamaica

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