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Holidays & Observances in Jamaica

Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean. Its culture is a mixture of West Indian, African, and European traditions. These influences have come together to shape modern Jamaica’s unique culture. Many aspects of Jamaican culture such as jerk chicken and reggae music are widely known around the world. Christianity is the most practiced religion, and its holidays are probably the most important in the country. Holidays in Jamaica are celebrated enthusiastically with parades and colorful traditions.

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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Emancipation Day Public
Independence Day Jamaica Public