There are approximately ten (10) public holidays in Jamaica.
It is noted that six (6) of these holidays are considered to be national or secular, if you would refer to them as that, and the other four (4) are considered Christian holidays.
Every Jamaican is happy to know that there are days in the calendar year that they can use as a break in their work schedule other than their usual vacation leave.
The ever so famous "long weekend" is the most appreciated. That is the Easter weekend which consists of Good Friday and Easter Monday. We just love this Christian holiday.
The next famous public holiday is Heroes' weekend. Another couple of days to relax and have some fun, especially on some of our beaches.
The last set of holidays is that of Christmas. This is more a worldwide type of holiday, but it forms a part of the holidays in Jamaica.
For the working class, these ten (10) days are greatly appreciated and anticipated weeks before they are even due to arrive, :-)
The four (4) Jamaican holidays that we consider to be Christian are:
Ash Wednesday Easter Monday
Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The other six (6) public holidays in Jamaica are:
Labour Day National Heroes Day
Emancipation Day Boxing Day, and
Independence Day New Year's Day
Note: if one of our national holidays fall on the Sunday, it will be observed and celebrated on the Monday following. Example, New Year's Day above!
I hope this serves as a guide and help to those planning on vacationing in Jamaica. This way you may choose to either avoid our public holiday dates or incorporate them in your vacation planning for a better experience.
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