Independence Day is an annual holiday celebrated in countries around the world commemorating the anniversary of the nation's independence. Each country has it's own reason to celebrate and many are celebrated similarly under other names such as National Day, Foundation Day, Statehood Day or name the day for their country.
Jamaica Independence Day is August 8th celebrating the Independence from the British in 1962.
The colors green, black and gold has never been more vibrant across the island of Jamaica. August 6th, is not just an ordinary holiday for citizens to come together as a nation, but it’s the time to celebrate its independence from England.
In 1962 the National flag of the island was first revealed to epitomizes hope and the lush agriculture (green), the strength and creativity (black) and lastly the wealth and the beautiful sunshine (gold).
Earlier in its origin, Independence Day was often celebrated by family cookouts and parades where people across the island would gather together and watch with pride the symbolic achievement as a country.
Today, as the island has evolved over the years, many have come to celebrate the day in their own unique way. The islands rich heritage is a fusion of a multiple cultures, such as Indian, Asian and African which can be seen in its motto “Out of Many, One People.” Independence celebrations now generally occurs over a six day period starting from August 1st, Emancipation day, and ends on August 6th, Independence day. Various activities within the local communities include road shows, street dances, concerts, church services and flag raising events.
Major annual events organized by the JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission) host a range of major annual events, some to include Miss Jamaica Festival Queen, World Reggae Dance Championship, Mello-Go-Roun, Jamaica Gospel Song Competition and Reggae Night.
The winners of each event, whose presentation captures the essence of the island is showcased at the closing Independence celebration The Grand Gala located at the National Stadium in Kingston. To top off the event fireworks can be seen at The National Stadium and at Dump up Beach in Montego Bay.
Independence is a day of pride for many locals. It is a reminder of the passion for life that beats throughout the arts, freedom to be their authentic self and for self-expression to make their community a better place.