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Wear Yuh Colours on Jamaican Independence Day!

Mrs. Elaine Harris, Vice Consul and Dr. Marzouca, Honorary Jamaican Consul to the Cayman islands.

“A people without knowledge of there past history, origin, are like a tree without roots” – Marcus Garvey

Jamaica gained their independence from the British colonial rule forty-nine years ago, on August 6th in 1962 after 307 years of British rule.

However even with their independence Jamaica still remains a member of Commonwealth of Nations.

Jamaica slowly started gaining increasing independence from the United Kingdom in 1958.  The first steps for this were becoming a province in the Federation of the West Indies and then a Federation among the British West Indies.

The Jamaica National Flag was first raised on Independence Day, August 6, 1962 and it signifies the birth of the nation.

The Flag brings to mind memories of past achievements and gives inspiration towards further success. It is flown on many triumphant occasions, showing the pride that Jamaicans have in their country and in the flag itself.

“The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colours of the flag. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green, hope and agricultural resources.

The civic pride and embrace of African ancestry among Jamaican natives was ignited by the teachings of a “civil rights activist” named Marcus Mossiah Garvey, who said: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots.”

Much of the wisdom and teachings of Marcus Garvey have been preserved and permeated through the life and works of Robert Nester Marley, (aka) Bob Marley.

The celebration for Jamaica’s 49th year of independence in Grand Cayman is aimed to commemorating the event in a wholesome family atmosphere. As well as providing entertainment for all ages, showcasing Jamaica’s cultural forms (traditional dance, music, speech, crafts and food), educating people about Jamaica’s cultural diversity and promoting and highlighting the cultural ties between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Dr. Marzouca, Honorary Jamaican Consul to the Cayman islands:  “We are very excited about the celebration of unity between the two countries, it is not just a Jamaican celebration, it is also a way in which the Jamaicans say thanks to the Cayman Islands for opening up their doors to us allowing us to come here and make a living.

We observe with admiration the way the Caymanians work together with the Jamaicans and support the entire Jamaican community. We are excited about the 49 years, next year will be the golden year of the fiftieth anniversary.”

Mrs. Elaine Harris, Vice Consul: “ The celebration has been successful in the past and it was always well received over the years, peaceful and well attended. The idea of the event is to have a free, family oriented celebration for all to come out and attend. It will celebrate and showcase the Jamaican Heritage and Culture.”

Code for use of the Jamaican Flag

The Jamaican flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor. It should not be flown or used only for decorative purposes on anything that is for temporary use and is likely to be discarded, except on state occasions.

· The flag should never be smaller than any other flag flown at the same time.

· When the flag becomes worn and must be replaced, burn it.

· Do not place any other flag above or to the right of the Jamaican flag, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.

· Do not raise any foreign flag publicly, unless the Jamaican flag is also flown, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.

· The flag shouldn’t be draped over vehicles, except on military, police and state occasions.



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