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, […]
My car drama on Thursday, 8 October 2015, inspired today’s article. There’s one undeniable truth every car owner knows: when one ting wrong wid yuh cyar, sinting else a go pop up, and most of the times not while yuh at di mechanic! That’s a lesson I was reminded of on 8 October, when, after […]
I traveled back in time over the weekend. I definitely see the question marks over your heads, readers; but, yes, I, Kerry-Ann Morris, went back in time over the weekend. Specifically, I traveled back in time to Kingston between the 18th and 20th centuries, and went strolling around the historic Parade area, sauntered down King Street […]
I’ve been thinking about the Flat Bridge that spans the deceptively mighty Rio Cobre within the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine. I remembered many times, just before we drove over the bridge (or as the driver myself), mentally saying a small prayer asking the Lord for a safe journey across the infamous Flat Bridge. […]
Yes, I already see your eyebrows shooting up into your foreheads, dear Readers, and the question marks above your heads are as bright as day (That’s not the name of the tree, Kerry-Ann!). So let me not tarry. This is an undated photo of the Ferry area along Spanish Town Road in St Catherine (now […]