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Western Ja in for a treat

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Western Regional Manager of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Natalie Morris says residents of the western region are in for a treat during the 2016 Emancipation-Independence celebrations.

Morris said the events will be taken to areas of western Jamaica that have never experienced celebrations of this magnitude. "Every parish (in western Jamaica) will be hosting a Big Stage final before the end of July. The Big Stage is a competition that is aimed at bringing forth talented persons - deejays, sing-jays and others. The finals are going to be really big," she said.

Morris pointed out that Emancipation-Independence church services will take place in all the parishes of the region for both Sabbath keepers and Sunday worshippers.

Other events include Emancipation vigils, which begin in the parish capitals on Sunday, July 31 and end on the morning of Monday, August 1. Morris said these vigils feature traditional Jamaican rituals, gospel music, folk music, and traditional foods and games.

She pointed out that the Festival Bandwagon, which started last year, will continue across the parishes, culminating in the parish capitals.

She noted that they begin on August 2 in Westmoreland, then in Hanover on August 3; in St James on August 4; and Trelawny on August 5.

Independence Day, August 6, will see flag-raising and civic ceremonies in the parishes, with special recognition being given to persons who have served well.

Emancipation-Independence 2016 celebrations are being held under the theme 'Let's Get Together and Feel Alright'.