Kids' Guide to Jamaica

Festivals and Holidays in Jamaica

Carnival in Jamaica - Photo by Xavier Murphy
Written by Xavier Murphy

Jamaicans love to celebrate. There are a few festivals that are held throughout the year. Many of these celebrations are historical events that happened in Jamaica. Other are exports to the island.

August 6 there is the Independence celebration which is held at the Jamaican National stadium in Kingston. Costumed people celebrate with a parade through the street leading to the Jamaica national stadium.

In Christmas there is the Junkonoo celebration where custom men dress in “scary” costume and dance in the street.

Carnival is fairly new to Jamaica and is an export from the Eastern Caribbean. The celebration lasts for a week. There are street dances and parades with a grand finale at the end of the week at the Jamaican national stadium in Kingston. The processions feature colorful floats and people in costumes.


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