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Old December 20th, 2020, 09:19 AM
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Default What happened to Jonkonnu?

Cultural figures bemoan decline of ‘a part of our history’

The celebration of Christmas in Jamaica is said to date back to the 17th century during enslavement. Plantation work would cease from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day and it was a time of great jubilation for the enslaved. Celebration among the population would be marked by huge all-night dances, with costumed masqueraders and drumming.

These celebrations became known as Jonkonnu, one of Jamaica’s oldest holiday traditions. But although the practice is still retained in some rural areas, Jonkonnu celebrations are not as prevalent as they once were. In fact, today’s Christmas festivities have become so commercialised that the season has become more known for European carols, Christmas lights, decorations and Santa Claus.
Hey .. look at the bright side .... at least you're not a Liverpool fan! - Lazie 2/24/10 Paul Marin -19 is one thing, 20 is a whole other matter. It gets even worse if they win the UCL. *groan*. 05/18/2011.MU fans naah cough, but all a unuh a vomit?-Lazie 1/11/2015
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