JAMAICA is one of the worlds biggest tourist destinations, but for many locals, it’s also home to one of its most unique and beautiful traditions.
While the country’s official holiday of Christmas is celebrated on January 25, the Jamaican wedding tradition, known as the New Year’s Eve, begins with a mass ceremony at the start of the new year.
Many of the weddings that take place this year are held at the Jamaicana Villa, a historic palace located in the capital, Port Elizabeth, and the venue has become a popular venue for celebrations.
While there are many traditional wedding ceremonies, some of the most popular are held on New Year Eve.
“We have a new tradition that we call New Year Day and that’s when we do our New Year festivities.
And then the next day we celebrate New Year by putting up a bunch of decorations, putting up new trees, putting on a big celebration,” says Jasmine, who only gave her first name to protect her identity.
In some of these celebrations, the bride’s wedding band is replaced with a jamaican dress, the dress is embroidered with the bride and groom’s names and a jamiad, or religious seal, is attached to the front of the dress, making it look like a traditional wedding invitation.
The jamaicans custom has been a tradition for generations, dating back to when Jamaicans first arrived in the country in the early 1900s.
During New Year celebrations, guests gather around the fireplace in the jamaicana to unwind.
Once the guests are settled down, they go into a small room where they dress in traditional Jamaican dress.
The guests then head to the balcony for the sunset, which takes place on the balcony.
Jamaicans dress up in their traditional jamaicas in order to attract attention during their celebrations.
In many of the traditional celebrations, couples are expected to stand side-by-side and wear their traditional attire.
“If a couple is wearing a jammies or a turban, then it’s a sign of respect for their tradition,” says Mina, who is a jamasan and wears traditional jamas.
“If they’re wearing a turquoise or white jama, then they are very respectful of their traditions and they are welcome to wear whatever they want.”
A traditional Jamaicans traditional wedding dress.
After the sunset ceremony, the guests head to a private chapel where the wedding is officiated by the presiding jamaian, or head of the family, and where the couple then sit on a large mat and watch the sunset.
At the end of the ceremony, all the guests return to their rooms and head to their respective hotels for the next ceremony.
To get the most out of New Year, some jamaics will even get married to a local resident, and in some cases, they will even spend the day in the community, sharing a meal, a drink and a chat with the locals.
According to Mina’s family, this is a way to get people together and bond over New Year.
A New Year celebration at the jamasaica.
And, of course, many couples also opt to get married on New Years Eve in front of their own family members.
The New Year tradition is also an opportunity for couples to meet up with family members for a traditional Christmas dinner, a traditional New Year gift-giving service, or to hold a traditional Valentine’s Day meal.
One of the best ways to celebrate the New Years, according to Jasmine’s family is to host a traditional jammiad ceremony.
“We invite people to come out and have a festive meal, have a New Year dinner, and then have a celebration, where they will have some time with their loved ones,” says the wedding coordinator, and she also advises couples to make a reservation in advance.
If you or anyone you know is planning to celebrate on New York’s New Year or in Jamaica, this article is for you.
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