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Jamaica : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Dollar (JMD)
  • Internet domain: .jm - Telephone code: +1-876 - International dialing code: 011 - GMT offset: -5 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Monday october 21, 2024Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday october 21, 2024National Heroes DaySecular holiday
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    Friday december 20, 2024Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday december 26, 2024Boxing DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday january 1, 2025New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday january 6, 2025Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday october 21, 2024
    School holidays :

    National Heroes Day

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    Monday october 21, 2024
    Secular holiday : The heroes are Paul Bogle, a Baptist deacon who was executed in 1865 for leading a protest march; George William Gordon, who took part in Bogle's efforts and also was executed; independence advocate Norman Manley; Sir Alexander Bustamante, who advocated for Jamaica's independence and became its first prime minister on its independence in 1962; Marcus Garvey, who preached the unification of people of African heritage; Nanny, an 18th-century escaped female slave with no last name, who led a rebellion against the British; and Samuel Sharpe, who led another rebellion in 1831 that helped lead to the emancipation of black Jamaicans from slavery.

    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday december 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    Boxing Day

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    Thursday december 26, 2024
    Secular holiday :

    New Year's Day

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    Wednesday january 1, 2025
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Monday january 6, 2025
    School holidays : Http://www.rcc.edu.jmbr
    https://monaprep.edu.jm
    https://immaculatehigh.edu.jm
    Schooling is mandatory till age 12
    Teaching language: English
    schools close on Saturday
    2022 PISA ranking: #60 with a 397 score
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Oct 2024

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