Jamaican Independence Day 2019: Date, Significance, History, Facts, Quotes & Celebration

Jamaican Independence Day 2019: Date, Significance, History, Facts, Quotes & Celebration

           Jamaican Independence Day 2019 Significance, History, Facts, Quotes: Jamaican Independence Day is observed every year on August 6 in order to celebrate the independence of Colony of Jamaica from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. In Jamaica, the day is celebrated as Independence Day as well as it is a national holiday.

When is Jamaican Independence Day this year?

This year in 2019, Jamaican Independence Day is going to be celebrated on 6th August 2019, Tuesday.

What is the history of Jamaican Independence Day?

The history of Jamaican Independence Day goes back to the elections of 1962 when the JLP defeated the PNP, which then further resulted in the rise of Alexander Bustamante to the premiership in April of that same year.

After that the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Jamaica Independence Act on 19 July 1962, granting independence as of 6 August with The Queen as Head of State.

The Union Jack on that very day was ceremonially lowered as well as replaced by the Jamaican flag all over the country. On behalf of The Queen, Princess Margaret opened the first session of the Parliament of Jamaica after which the first Jamaica Independence Festival was held with great celebration.

Jamaican Independence Day 2019: Date, Significance, History, Facts, Quotes & Celebration

Jamaican Independence Day Facts

The Jamaican flag is black and green with a yellow cross which symbolizes “The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative”. The black signifies the strength as well as creativity of the people, gold signifies natural wealth along with the beauty of sunlight, whilst green represents agricultural resources as well as hope.

Though Independence is celebrated widely every year within Jamaican society, it has also turned out to be a subject of debate. In the year 2011, a survey disclosed that there are around 60% of Jamaicans who “think the country would be better off today if it was still under British rule”, quoting years of social as well as fiscal mismanagement in the nation.

The national anthem of Jamaica is Jamaica, Land We Love. It was winning entrant of an accomplishment that was held in the year 1961. It was set to music by Robert Lightbourne (arranged by Mapletoft Poulle) along with Hugh Sherlock who wrote its lyrics.

How is Independence Day celebrated in Jamaica?

Perhaps, the birth of an independent Jamaica was the most noteworthy event in the history of the nation. The Union Jack, more than fifty years ago lowered and the flag of Jamaica at midnight on August 5, 1962, and it unfurled for the first time.

In the meantime, Jamaicans celebrate the day in order to honor and pay tribute to that historic movement, as well as to reflect on the struggle undertaken to get independence. It is a day of national pride as well as honors the nation’s accomplishments.

Independence Day is a big day for all the Jamaicans as well as a day for grand celebrations in Jamaica. The day is celebrated from paying tribute to the fallen heroes of the country who fought for the independence to indulging in entertainment, music, dance, as well as parades with people and dressed in ethnic costumes, Jamaicans hold many admiring events.

Jamaica Independence Day 2019 Quotes

“Today we can enjoy freedom and independence, enjoy the comforts and rights we are given as a citizen…. Wishing you a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day my dear.”

“Wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day to you my dear…. Many have laid down their lives for freedom and we must never let their sacrifices go in vain.”

“We all have seen a dream for a progressing and prospering Jamaica and on the occasion of Jamaica Independence Day, let us promise to work hard to make this dream come true.”

“Wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day to all my friends…. We are truly blessed to be born in a country which is independent and inspiring.”

“Happy Jamaica Independence Day to our soldiers who are the strongest pillars of our nation…. Thank you for being our strength and our protection.”

“Let us work together to make our country a wonderful nation, the nation all our ancestors dreamt of…. Happy Jamaica Independence Day to you.”

“A country is not just a piece of land but a home for many people who deserve to be independent and free…. On that note, wishing a very Happy Jamaica Independence Day to all.”

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