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Holiday Calendar for Jamaica

Holiday Calendar for Jamaica for 2023-2024 year
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National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2023-2024 year

December 2023

Friday 8 December - CARICOM–Cuba Day (Caribbean Community)
Tuesday 26 December - Boxing day in Australia (also Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica)

January 2024

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May 2024

Wednesday 1 May - Teachers' Day in Jamaica (the first Wednesday in May)
Sunday 12 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

July 2024

Thursday 25 July - National Baha'i Day in Jamaica (The Baha'i era was inaugurated in 1844 with the declaration of the Bab, the messenger of God who proclaimed the closing of the present era and promised the coming of one who would open the next era, fulfilled in the person of Bahaullah, the prophet for this age)

August 2024

Thursday 1 August - Emancipation Day in Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica (Celebration of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 which ended the slavery in the British Empire, generally celebrated as a part of Carnival, as the Caribbean Carnival takes place at this time)
Tuesday 6 August - Jamaica Independence Day (celebrates the independence of Jamaica from the United Kingdom in 1962)
Saturday 17 August - Birthday of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari. Marcus Garvey Day in Jamaica)

September 2024

October 2024

Monday 21 October - Heroes' Day in Jamaica (Date for 2023. Celebrated on the third Monday in October)

November 2024

Some jamaican traditions

Every country has Christmas traditions which are passed down through the ages and in Jamaica, it is no different. Within a Christmas week householders go through every ‘crevice and corner’, rooting out all the unnecessary possessions that have accumulated during the year. Some customs have connections with slavery and others have developed along the way, in keeping with the changing times.
Jamaica is an island full of folklore, magic, and spirituality, with a rich culture of traditions, customs, and rituals, many of them religious in origin (although by no means all).
Jamaican traditions and customs: decorated maracas Hand-clapping and percussion are an important part of Jamaican Revivalist ceremonies.
Jamaican culture and folklore is teeming with ghosts, spirits, and duppies.
Kumina is a Jamaican religious ceremony involving music, dance, and spirit possession, and is a way of celebrating and appeasing ancestors.
Obeah is a belief system that is officially outlawed, although nowadays it’s rare for anyone to be convicted for adhering to the practices.
Although many Jamaican death rituals are dying out nowadays, the ‘Nine Nights’ ritual (was traditionally practised to ensure the dead person’s ‘duppy’ did not come back to haunt the living) is still going strong – it’s an extended wake that lasts nine days and traditionally involves music, anecdotes, lots of food, and plenty of rum.
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International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

The Genocide Convention (article 2) defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a..→
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