today holiday: Jamaica Independence Day

Jamaica Independence Day

The island of Jamaica became an independent nation with loose ties to the British Commonwealth on August 6, 1962. Before that, it had been a founding member of the Federation of the West Indies. Allegiance to the British gradually gave way to the emergence of a national identity, and the federation was dissolved. A public holiday throughout the island, Independence Day is celebrated with a grand parade, traditional music and dancing, arts and crafts exhibits, and agricultural and other events as part of the Jamaica Festival. More… Discuss

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