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I’ve been thinking about old time Jamaican wedding customs. Why? Because my younger sister recently got married, and, oh, what an occasion it was! Being so integrally involved in the planning process got me wondering though: What about our local weddings in the past distinguished us from other countries? And are these customs still practiced today? After some extensive research, here are nine old time Jamaican wedding customs that were once very popular, especially at country weddings.
On Wednesday, August 1, 1838, the enslaved people in Jamaica were granted emancipation from their arduous lives as slaves. On that day thousands congregated in front of Government House in Spanish Town (then the capital of Jamaica), to listen to the Governor, Sir Lionel Smith, read Queen Victoria’s Proclamation of Freedom. But, did you know that this granting of freedom occurred five years after the Emancipation Act was actually passed?
I recently took a day trip to Port Royal and toured the remaining fort there, Fort Charles, and several of the surrounding heritage sites. As I toured the Fort, the “Giddy House” and the Victoria and Albert Battery, and St Paul’s Church, the following thought came to me: what do we really know about Port […]
I recently woke up with a hankering for a day trip to Port Royal. Why? No particular reason really. Like my travel back in time along the Kingston Waterfront, this was a spur of the moment decision, and it also had a great advantage: it inspired two blog posts, concerning this important town in Jamaica’s […]
Some time ago, I sat across from my guy, watching the television while he cleaned some ackees in preparation for the ackee and saltfish meal he planned to cook for us the following morning (oh yeah!). Suddenly, he looked up at me, quite perplexed, and said (I’m paraphrasing here): “Di government mus do somting bout […]
I recently stopped by the Coconut Industry Board’s retail outlet, the Coconut Shop, located on Waterloo Road in Kingston to buy a gallon of coconut water. The Coconut Shop also sells other coconut-based products like coconut oil, gizzadas, grater cakes, bustas and coconut drops, as well as other items such as plantain chips, plantain tarts, […]