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Happy Independence Day, Jamaica

By: nigel20, 7:39 PM GMT on August 06, 2013

Today marks the 51st anniversary of Jamaica's Independence. Jamaica was granted independence from the British on August 1st 1962. The Jamaica flag was raised on this day in 1962, this signified the birth of a new country.

Jamaica has achieved quite a bit since independence, especially in sports and culture. We've not achieve as much as we would have liked economically, but I'm sure that Jamaica will be the place to live work raise family and do business if we all work together.

Figure 1. Jamaica's Independence Day Street Parade. Source of image: Demotix

Figure 2. Grand gala celebration at our national stadium in 2012. Source of image: JIS


Emancipation Day

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.


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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