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By: nigel20 , 5:31 PM GMT on August 01, 2013
Happy Emancipation day to all in the British West Indies and Canada. This is a tribute to those who fought for our freedom.
HOW WE CELEBRATE EMANCIPATION DAY
On midnight of July 31, 1838 it was reported with great pride that many slaves journeyed to the hilltops to greet the sunrise of Friday, August 1, 1838 that symbolized a new beginning in their lives. When morning broke, large congregations joined in thanksgiving services held in several chapels and churches across the island.
Today, Jamaicans continue to celebrate Emancipation Day through the reenactment of the reading of the Emancipation Declaration in town centres particularly, Spanish Town, St. Catherine which was the seat of Parliament when the Emancipation Act was passed in 1838. The day is also widely observed as a national public holiday when all schools and public buildings are closed.
Figure1. View of Emancipation Park and New Kingston, and the hills around Kingston. Source of image: Lonely Scrapbooker
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