Cakes were carried to the wedding location by a procession of married women clothed in white dresses and head-ties. This was a solemn and silent procession during which no one spoke.
The cakes themselves were covered with white lace so that the bride did not see them until the day of her wedding. Before the ceremony, ring games were played, and people dined on the wide array of foods available. The festivities lasted until daybreak, when those in attendance would then pray for the couple before they left to prepare themselves for the wedding ceremony. If the ceremony was held in a church, it usually followed the form of an English wedding.
The groom wore a new suit, and the bride wore a white dress and veil. Daily life and social customs Family life is central to most Jamaicans, although formal marriages are less prevalent than in most other countries. Page 9 of Next page The arts and cultural institutions. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: In a historical dictionary of South African English fourth edition , edited by Jean….
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Help us improve this article! Contact our editors with your feedback. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Interesting comments by those who are from Jamaica. Interesting mostly in how they differ! It's important to understand that ours are not the only impressions possible or correct.
I am sure that some of your experiences as a Jamaican are a far cry from mine. And there's nothing wrong with that. When we let go of the notion that our opinions are the only ones that are correct, then we will be able to receive and learn from each other. May God give you the grace to do just that just like He's done for me! Again, thank you for putting this up. It's good to see people trying to give a balanced history. May God bless you! Asia not the country my name. Were is the clothing article, I need to know.
Hi There a friend of ours dad passed away they are originally from Jamaica but present in the UK I was wondering if i am to bring something to family as in some cultures u bring flowers ,food or money tnx for your help. I would kike to give some info on lost Jamaican history which is closely linked to the UK.
His 5 sons from his first marriage were the first Jamaican born officers in the British Army of WW I ask, why has this history disappeared? She gave him 4 daughters one who is my mother Phyllis A. Is this revers discrimination because this man was a white Jamaican? Please read about this man in "A Struggle to Walk with dignity". Ask for it in the UK to find out more. With my Thanks, Gerald. Do not forget our true history of the past.
Why is a white Jamaican born man like the late Inspector of Police Herbert Theodore Thomas to , been forgotten by his country Jamaica? This man's history tells a story of giving Jamaica stability and safety in it's rural areas. He also crossed the racial divide at that time by marring his 2nd black Jamaican wife. He also wrote two books which put Jamaica on the map, and much more contribution to his country than most men of his time.
What has happened to our lost history. As a Jamaican, I would say this article is fairly accurate but all those using it for a school report should consult some other sources as well. Women "run tings" in Jamaica; not sure how many subscribe to the theory that they stay home. With the cost of living there, very few women have that luxury. And with a low marriage rate, a lot of women have to take care of themselves.
Also, while politeness is valued in some areas, you will find service in restaurants and stores quite surly. Now in school, teachers do expect you to stand up when talking to them in class and address them as "sir" and s on.
Thank you for this page. It really helped me with my studies. I could not find any imformation about what i needed too know about Jamaica but this page saved me! I enjoyed reading up on a country I hope to visit. The information was very interesting. Obviously with the literal reading of this handful material i have critically observed that Jamaica has a wide range of distinguish culture and social way of living as compare to other countries.
But my question is Jamaica still remains in economic redundancy with all her rich in mineral resource. This imformation was very helpful it saved me the stress of reading a book or going to the library.
It was very simple and easy to read. The article is quite revealling only that i will like to know about the Jamaica tertiary institutions, admission requirement, courses offered and above all, know the possibility of a foreigner securing admission into the Jamaican Universities. I'll be glad to have a feedback from you. This is a really good site, it has all the information to my history SBA and it also has adequte and reliable information.
This website is very helpful for all terms. It gives a clear ethnic background on all of the countries in the world. This website is very helpful,I love Jamaica: Im hopefully goin there soon to visit all the amazing people. This website is very helpful with my research and my approach to my caribbean culture course.
We now have more than two universities. Below is a list of our universities, all of which carry fully fledged Bachelors programmes and most carry Masters as well: Jamaicans have a lot to be proud of in their past history, and it's not all about slavery and oppression.
It is about born Jamaicans of every race who contributed to the development of our country in a positive way. Law and Oder along with the stamping out of Obeah, and the establishment of a good education system with Libraries for Public use. Also Jamaica many things that made life better for the average home owner, long before places in North America.
So be proud and stop looking backwards. Better the devil we have known, than the one we don't know. Preserving our past History is very important for our next generation. With my thanks, Gerald. There is much much more to learn about Jamaica Land we love. After reading this article i. I find some of this information helpful, but just to let you know we never refer to ourselves as African-Jamaican, we are JAMAICANS, whose ancestors happen to be from Africa as well as other countries, and that is why we say, " out of many, one people.
I have been going to Jamaica for the last three years. I am not sure when this was written. I feel that this article, being an important part of the Jamaican history, should be updated periodically.
I have a brother who reads a lot and when he speaks, he sometimes talks about situations in the past and talk as if they still exist. This is because he reads old books. So it is important for you to do consider doing some research on the comments and update. I stayed in different places on the North Coast.
Montego Bay, Runaway Bay and in a rural village. I did not see one Chinese or White local Jamaican person. So there is something to say about why they do not reside in these areas. I did see new Indian immigrants from India who were merchants and owned stores and groceries though.
Maybe more emphasis on the abuse of marijuana in the tourist trade should be mentioned. Tourists being approached even at the resorts and on the streets by locals offering to sell them this herb and the dangers of those who try to frame visitors. It happened to me and I had to get out of the taxis because I thought that it was downright rude.
I have never experienced this anywhere else in my travels. Transportation should be mentioned, the type of vehicles used, new highways, etc. I think that this is current and should be mentioned. You were wrong on the point that most Jamaican women stay at home and the jobs that they do. Most Jamaican woman must work regardless of the type of job otherwise their families will suffer.
You said that women teach only in primary schools; they also teach in high schools and universities. Women are now getting a proper education and are working in all the professional fields. The present Prime Minister of Jamaica is also a woman and not a man. Good article, really enjoyed reading it. Just a small note, I believe "Xaymaca" actually translates to "Land of wood and water". Please continue to update this site as in doing so, you bring joy to the masses!
I now live in the UK and have been writing a novel set in Jamaica in for a few years now! I need to know what the Jamaican police detectives were called. I have a feeling they were given the same ranks as Army ranks. Is there anything you could do to help me? Is there anyone reading this who is old enough to remember, please? Thank you very much for the work you put into this site, I appreciate it.
I would like to more about there traditions and celebrations they do there. I love this website now wow thank you so much for this great article G! If there is anything I have learnt from the feedback to this article is how proud Jamaicans are of their country. There are some truth to this article, but many misleading information.
For those who have done papers on it; you should ask yourself if you wanted the truth or a grade. This is a clear illustration of getting information about a place vs. I would suggest an interview with a real Jamaican before writing a paper. It would be interesting to see how the country have evolved as a result of globalization and deportation of criminals influenced by the culture of other areas of the world with only a father's nationality linking these individuals to this Island.
Jamaica has many problems with links outside their boundaries. The powers that be have their feet at its neck. They know Jamaica will rise to the top if these obstacles are removed. There are no African- Jamaican, Chinese Jamaicans etc. This is an invaluable article on the subject of Jamaican heritage, culture, arts. This is so interesting! I loved reading about This beautiful culture. I am doing a report on this country! I am so excited! I even wrote my whole project in pink!
I'm also wearing pink! Who doesn't like pink, sparkly things? Thank you to whoever put this up. This is nice because this can help me and my brother with Jamaican history. What a beautiful article, we have a long way to go in our development , yes man ,we are doing it in style. I like your website. I have learned a lot about other countries, but speaking from my country's point of view, most things are correct but needs some updating in the field of medicine and religion.
I found this really useful. It helped me with my homework. My teacher said it was amazing. I love this website.
Jamaican Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. Welcome to our guide to Jamaica. This is useful for anyone researching Jamaican culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Jamaica on business, for a visit or even hosting Jamaican colleagues or clients in your own country.
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Stumbled on this by accident, Jamaican born and bred, interesting article. I like how you tried to attach certain traditions with a continent (Africa, Asia) but Jamaican culture is . Jamaican Customs Writing these pages on Jamaican customs, traditions and beliefs, has been a learning experience for me, and I'm a Jamaican! Talking to friends of different ages and backgrounds has allowed me to discover many practices and beliefs outside my immediate experience.
Jamaica is known widely for its beautiful beaches and the reggae music scene, but there is much more to this Caribbean country. Culture and Customs of Jamaica richly surveys the fuller wealth of the Caribbean nation, focusing on its people, history, religion, education, language, social customs, media and cinema, literature, music, and . Unusual Jamaican Customs, contributed by Tracie Blake. As a Jamaican, I must say that we are indeed special. The way we walk, the way we talk, even the way we approach and address situations. And, along with our uniquely “colourful” nature comes our own set of unique customs and traditions.