Author: Doreen Chin-Mason

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Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day became a public holiday in Jamaica in 1893. However, when the country gained Independence from the British in 1962, it was discontinued.

Jamaica Carnival

Modern Carnival is said to have begun in Trinidad and Tobago in the 18th century and quickly spread to other Caribbean countries, including Jamaica.


The Jamaican Grand Market

Also known as the “Gran’ Market” this special event happens across Jamaica in all major towns on Christmas Eve. It is quite the energetic and colorful place to be then, allowing folks to purchase last minute gifts or to find items that are only available at the Gran’ Market. The event generally starts in the…
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Jamaican Black Cake

Photo by Food.52 A special occasion cake, the Jamaican Black Cake is generally at the center of every holiday and celebration – whether it’s Christmas or a wedding, it’s a staple dessert recipe. This moist cake can add a festive tone to your holiday season. Here’s what you need to know about its history and…
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What Is Boxing Day and How Do Jamaicans Celebrate It?

You may have seen “Boxing Day” on the calendar – usually the next day or weekday after Christmas – and wondered what it is. It turns out there are as many stories about what Boxing Day is and how to celebrate it as there are recipes for the perfect Jerk Chicken. Here are a couple…
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5 Jamaican Artists You Should Know

Jamaican art is colorful and vibrant. If you’re not familiar with some of the incredibly talented artists in Jamaica, now is your chance to get familiar with some names.  Edna Manley Photo credit:  Edna Manley has been called “the mother of modern Jamaican art.” Although she is most celebrated for her sculptures, Manley also…
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Where Did Jamaican Jerk Chicken Come From?

One of the most well-known Caribbean foods is Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Most Caribbean and Jamaican restaurants serve this dish – but do you know its origins?  The origins of this recipe go back 2500 years to the settling of Jamaica by the Arawak tribe. This tribe, from Peru, used the word charqui for strips of…
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Beyond Bob Marley and Ziggy Marley: Jamaican Musicians You Should Know

When you think of music coming out of Jamaica, you may think of reggae music. And if you think of reggae music, chances are, you think of Bob Marley and his son’s band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. While Bob and Ziggy Marley are incredibly talented musicians, there are many more Jamaican musicians to…
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