Christmas in Jamaica is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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How do you know it’s getting near Christmas Day in Jamaica? First of all, you hear constant Christmas music on the radio. Also, everyone is spending time cleaning, painting, and decorating their home in preparation for the celebrations.
On Christmas Eve, it is time to go to the “Grand Market”, which opens that day. It is the time to buy supplies for Christmas dinner, but these markets are also virtual festivals and are full of toys and gift items you can buy as well.
Many head straight from the market to the midnight mass service, but might stop home first to dress up. At midnight, after getting out of church, some stay up all night and party in the streets. Others go home and eat a very late dinner with family and open presents.
Some attend church on Christmas Day as well as Christmas Eve. Another big meal is eaten on Christmas Day, but it is usually prepared the night before. Needless to say, people are exhausted by early evening on Christmas Day and may well catch some extra sleep.