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Jamaica Day - get on it!

Published:Friday | February 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Students at St George's Girls' Primary and Infant School on Duke Street, Kingston, going through their rehearsal yesterday, 'Reflection on Bob' for today's Jamaica Day celebration.

 Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter

If you stepped out this morning without your national colours to celebrate Jamaica Day, you can still participate.

The theme for this year's celebration is 'Jamaica, I'm On It'. As part of the celebrations, the ministries of Youth and Culture, and Education have launched the 'Jamaica Sings - Spirit of Jamaica' initiative to further encourage Jamaicans to take pride in the creative aspects of the nation's culture. With 'Jamaica Sings', all Jamaicans are urged to celebrate today by wearing the national colours, eating Jamaican foods, and singing Jamaican songs.

Jamaica Day is a component of the Culture in Education Programme at the Ministry of Education, and is celebrated annually on the last Friday in February. All the schools are required to celebrate Jamaica Day, and are being asked to include community groups in the day's activities. This year, a national Jamaica Day event will be held at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. The event will feature an expo, put on by the Ministry of Education's six regions, which will mount displays on their interpretation of the theme. Students will also be able to attend a gala, to be held in the stadium.

In the Corporate Area, among schools celebrating will be Wolmer's Boys' School which will host a special event in collaboration with the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association. The event will feature an exhibition of locally manufactured products, cultural activities, and visits and performances from high schools and primary schools in the surrounding area including Allman Town Primary, Boys' Town and Kingston High.

And if you miss out on your colours and traditions, there's always next year.