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Assistant commissioner urges Jamaica to embrace its holiday traditions

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Councillor Milton Brown congratulates a resident of Phase Three Longville Park Housing Scheme on winning the round-a-bout lighting competition. The ceremony was held in the Clarendon-based community on Sunday.-PHOTO BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston, Gleaner Writer

LONGVILLE PARK, Clarendon:ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER of police Winchroy Buddoo on Sunday urged residents of Longville Park Housing Scheme in Clarendon to embrace the old values that his parents and grandparents used to practise.

"Your theme this year is old time Christmas (referring to the theme given for the annual Christmas tree round-a-bout competition). We are losing it, not because of economic situation, but this generation has been selfish," he said.

The assistant commissioner urged them to practise their own traditions once again.

"We have become Americanised in the things we celebrate. We cook big turkey for Thanksgiving more than we celebrate Christmas. We need to stick to our traditions," he said.

In giving the message, Buddoo also took the time to warn residents on being vigilant when it comes to their safety.

"Some of you don't even know who is your neighbour. Criminals come beside us and take up root."

According to the assistant commissioner, the only way forward to build the community is knowing your neighbours and loving them.

Buddoo was not the only voice crying for the revival of the traditional practices at Christmas. In bringing greetings, Custos of Clarendon William Shagoury bemoaned the fact that the younger generation had no idea about Jonkanoo.

"I am putting my money where my mouth is to set up a Jonkanoo next year ... put it in place, and I will fund it," is the promise given by him.

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