Public Holidays In Jamaica
2012/2013/2014

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, :-)

Here is a Break-down of the Jamaican Public Holidays!

Public Holidays in Jamaica 2012-2013

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

Jamaican Public Holidays for the Year 2012

Day of the Week

Sunday


Wednesday

Friday

Monday

Wednesday

Wednesday

Monday

Monday

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Date

January 1


February 22

April 6

April 9

May 23

August 1

August 6

October 15

December 25

December 26

Holiday

New Year's Day (This is observed on Monday January 2)

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Labour Day

Emancipation Day

Independence Day

National Heroes Day

Christmas Day

Boxing 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!

Jamaican Public Holidays for the Year 2013

Day of the Week

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

Monday

Thursday

Thursday

Tuesday

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Date

January 1

February 13

March 29

April 1

May 23

August 1

August 6

October 21

December 25

December 26

Holiday

New Year's Day

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Labour Day

Emancipation Day

Independence Day

National Heroes Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Jamaican Public Holidays for the Year 2014

Day of the Week

Wednesday

Wednesday

Friday

Monday

Friday

Friday

Wednesday

Monday

Thursday

Friday

Date

January 1

March 5

April 18

April 21

May 23

August 1

August 6

October 20

December 25

December 26

Holiday

New Year's Day

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Labour Day

Emancipation Day

Independence Day

National Heroes Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

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.

Jamaican Public Holidays 2012-2013

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