J'cans encouraged to celebrate in unity
Jamaicans have been encouraged to celebrate and demonstrate unity and togetherness for Emancipation and Independence.
Speaking at a JIS 'Think Tank' recently, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, said the festivities are for all Jamaicans, and they must come together and "show no political, class or religious divide."
"It is about one Jamaica, and for us to celebrate our achievements and to share in whatever tribulations or trials we had prior to Independence and to draw on the strength going forward to overcome whatever there may be," she added.
The Minister said the country has proven to the world that "we are a nation of talents; we have the fastest man on earth and we have some of the fastest women. We also gave the world a musical icon in Bob Marley ... so we have a lot to be proud of".
series of events
The country is celebrating 54 years of Independence under the theme: 'Let's Get Together and Feel Alright'. Emancipation Day will be observed on August 1, while Independence Day will be celebrated on August 6.
The Minister pointed out that there will be a series of events across the island from Sunday, July 31 to Saturday, August 6 for people to attend. These include church services, parish vigils, flag raising ceremonies, festival bandwagons, public fora, street dances, Independence concerts and stage shows which will be organised by the Ministry and its agency, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
"We are going into every community, corner, street and lane right across the island and even to the Diaspora. We are reaching out to the Diaspora and with technology we are penetrating the world," she added.
She called on business places and offices to decorate their buildings in the national colours - black, gold and green - to support the theme.
In addition, the Minister is urging Jamaicans to wear the colours of the Fashion theme: 'Wear it Gold and Stripe it Bold'. "Every Jamaican is expected to find a way of wearing gold and striping it bold. It can be bold in black, it can be bold in green, but we want you to come out and be very bold about the celebrations," she said.