National Heroes

October 12, 2005 at 2:32 pm 2 comments

Monday is National Heroes Day! We get a public holiday! A chance for Kingstonians to head out of town!

One of the things I love about Jamaica is that our public holidays all have a point. Not like in England, where you just have a random bank holiday just because.

Here, we have labour day. The point of labour day is that you are supposed to go out and do something in your community. Do something for other people. Voluntary work. Great idea. The only prob is that apparently labouring at a bbq doesn’t really count.

Then we have Independence Day (fairly self explanatory) when you get some government sponsored fireworks if you are lucky. Obviously in green, gold and black – the colours of our flag!

The newest holiday in Emancipation Day (also fairly self explanatory). A day worth remembering I feel. In August – a time when public holidays are very welcome!

And then you have Heroes Day, when we remember the 7 people who have been designated as National Heroes. An interesting bunch of people. The only woman in the group is Nanny. People who haven’t gone to school in Jamaica often have problems believing that Nanny is a hero of ours. She was the leader of a group of runaway slaves. Apparently, one of her greatest gifts was the ability to catch bullets that were being fired at her by British. She’d catch them in her bottom and fire them back at the soldiers, killing them. What a woman!

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  • 1. Guyana-Gyal  |  October 13, 2005 at 10:49 am

    What I loved about Labour Day in Jamaica was the way it was turned into a hustle and bustle of actitivites. Do they still have that song, neighbour, neighbour, let’s get together and work this labour day…?

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  • 2. Gela's Words  |  July 8, 2006 at 3:42 am

    Yeah, I couldn’t understand that either when I was living in England. I keep hearing that it’s a bank holiday but no one could explain to me why it was a holiday, what was the significance. Apart from Christmas and I think Easter, none of the holidays seemed to have any meaning.

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