The Barrel From "Farin" (Foreign)
The ritual of sending a barrel from foreign has been a long standing tradition in Jamaica. Most Jamaicans dream of migrating to abroad so they can have the privilege of sending foreign goods and difficult to obtain items home.
Jamaican Mango Names
There are many types of mangoes in Jamaica but most Jamaicans do not know the name of each species of mango. Jamaican however have some very “colorful” names for the different species of mangoes across the island. Here is a list of names of Jamaican mangoes.
Jamaican Culture: Big Bwoy
Big Bwoy is humorous lead character of the Jamaican big bwoy (boy) stories. Most of the stories are naughty and adult in nature. Some are about trickery and deceit. Here are two clean big bwoy jokes.
Traditional Jamaican Happy Birthday Song - Video and Lyrics
Some birthday traditions in Jamaica are very similar to what you will find in the rest of the world; birthday candles, birthday cake and games. In Jamaica however we have a special Birthday Song. For many Jamaicans growing in Jamaica this song would be sung at a birthday party. Here is the traditional Jamaican Happy Birthday song made popular by Miss Lou on her show "Ring Ding". We have provided the lyrics in English and Patois/Patwa. Enjoy!!!
Miss Lou Photo Gallery Tribute - September 7th is Miss Lou Day
On September 7th the world celebrates Miss Lou Day. Why September 7th? The Jamaica premier authority on culture, Miss Lou was born on September 7th, 1919 and died in July 26, 2006. Check out our photo gallery tribute to Miss Lou. It includes photos of a young Miss Lou, her wedding and her first international performance in New York. Also see the poem "Tenky, Miss Lou, Tenky
" by Joan Andrea Hutchinson and our Miss Lou Month May 2003 tribute page
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Thanks for Taking This Journey With Me
When I found this collection of letters after my Grandfather's passing I knew I wanted to share them. So I would like to say thank Jamaicans.com for going on this trip down memory lane with me. And as we close out another year - where does the time go? I hope that your 2009 was good and that 2010 is great!
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - De Time Is Shawt But I'm Grateful for De Visit
On November 2008 Stafford Llewelyn Samuels, my last living grandparent, passed away. I miss our talks on the veranda and the sound of his deep baritone voice thickly laced in patois as he recounted stories from his past, barked out orders and cracked jokes.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Missing My Grandma
My maternal grandmother Lucy Olivier Bailey Samuels - we Jamaicans can come up with some fantastic names, eh? - would have turned 101 this month and coincidentally this is the 10th anniversary of her passing. It's hard to get to know the heart and soul of someone when they live far away especially when your only means of communication is letter writing.
Under the Mango Tree
"Under the Mango Tree" is the Jamaicans.com 2009 Short Story Contest Winner. Congrats to the writer, Bandanna.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Too Busy Ah Follow Fashion
Is it me or has personal style gotten out of hand? I can understand self expression but the line between what's appropriate for school, at home or at work have been completely blurred. What I fear is that once it's time for young adults to go out in the real world and support themselves they will not want understand why - from 9 to 5 - they have to tailor their outfits to fit company code.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - What to do when you don't have electricity
When I tell people that my maternal grandparent’s home was not wired for electricity until 1997 their jaws often drop open. They want to know what did we do for light and didn’t we get bored without TV? Well, during the day we used daylight and at night we used lanterns.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Remembering Grandpa
This month my Grandpa Stafford would’ve turned 95 years old. He was such a strong and wonderful man. I miss him being here physically because that means no more long talks on the veranda or nights under the stars discussing everything under the stars but his ethereal presence is hard to deny.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Happy Anniversary
Back in ’96 I had an overwhelming need to know as much about my grandparents as possible. I think at that time I was afraid that they would either pass on or forget their history. Although my grandmother didn’t remember a lot about the past my grandfather had a mind like a steel trap. I asked him about how he and grandma met and this is the letter I got in reply.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Being Grateful for the little things
Even in the toughest times my Grandparents never wanted for much. The cylinder they requested in this letter is for gasoline for the stove. Since they didn’t get electricity wired through their house until 1997 they still lived by lantern light, there was no TV and only a transistor radio that was powered by batteries.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - The New Year
These letters from my grandparents are precious because my grandparents didn’t have a phone and to this day when we go visit their home in Hodges Land we have to first buy a phone card in Black River and then borrow a cell phone to make a call.
Growing Up Like A Jamaican - Letters From My Grandparents
After “How To Raise Your Child Like A Jamaican” was published I naturally thought, what’s next? Well, when grandpa passed away last year I came across a stack of letters that they had written to me a couple of them are undated and they span a decade. As you will see my grandparents’ needs were simple but their words gave me insight into the lives they were living thousands of miles away.
Jamaican Weddings "Old time" style
The modern Jamaican weddings have drawn a lot of influence from American and English traditions. But they are noted for their traditional customer of making rum/fruit cake for the wedding guests and sometimes frozen varieties during the first wedding anniversary.
Living in a Tenement Yard -Part 4
As crowing roosters seemingly take turns to welcome the new day, a mild morning breeze sway the crotons and hibiscus flowers in Thelma’s garden. The sounds and motions of the branches cause some feeding pigeons, hens and guinea-chicks to scatter. In an instance, they were back, filling their craws, pecking rice grains and coconut trash off the earth’s crust.
The Hon. Louise "Miss Lou" Bennett-Coverley has died
The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, fondly known to many as Miss Lou passed away on 07/26/06. It is a great loss to Jamaica and Jamaican culture. We pay your tribute to Miss Lou!!!
Jamaica and Religion
Religion plays a major role in the Jamaican society and culture. Read our overview of Religion in Jamaica.
Stories and Proverbs
Jamaicans always have a clever saying or story to tell that has nuggets of truth. Read about our proverbs.
The Typical Jamaican Family
What is the typical Jamaican family? Our newest columnist Margaret Bailey gives us some insight on the Jamaican family from her experiences.
Games played by children in Jamaica
The games played by children in Jamaica are a mix of old-fashioned games with some unique...Read More
Jamaica Christmas Market/Grand Market
An overview of Jamaica Christmas Market/Grand Market held on the morning of Christmas Day
Chinese in Jamaica
The Chinese started to arrive in Jamaica on July 30th,1854. By the year 1930, four thousand emigrated to Jamaica. In the next 6 years and additional 2,000 arrived. Compared with the African-Jamaican population and even with the number of Indians, the figure was relatively small but the Jamaican Government, facing economic pressures of the depression years with thousands of unemployed having no prospects of jobs in the immediate future, decided to close its doors to Chinese immigrants.
Miss Jamaica World Winners
Like the beauty of the island the beauty of Jamaican women are admired world wide. Here is a list of the current and our former Miss Jamaica World Winners since 1976.