JIS News

A full slate of activities has been planned to mark Heritage Week in Clarendon, with the highlight being the staging of a ‘Culture Yard’ in the parish council’s car park on October 14.
The event, which is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start, will feature performances of traditional music and dance as well as a display of authentic Jamaican foods.
Cynthia Markland, Parish Manager for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), which is organizing the week of activities, told JIS News that Culture Yard would feature maypole dance and other cultural activities and showcase Jamaican dishes such as dukunu, mackerel run dung and ackee and saltfish. “The cost to enter is $100 and with this you’ll get refreshment,” she said.
Heritage Week is being celebrated nationally from October 9 to 17 under the theme ‘Preserving our heritage.our guide to the future’.
Other activities to mark the occasion in Clarendon include an exhibition of artifacts at the May Pen Inland Revenue Service Centre from October 10 to 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. each day.
According to Ms. Markland, “we’ll be displaying several items including a dulcemena, coins and notes, an ice share, a clay brick, an abeng, a mortar, a yabbah pot, and a kitchen bitch, among other things. Portraits and information on the national heroes will also be posted as well as historical tidbits on different areas of the parish and how these areas got their names,” she told JIS News.
A church service will be held at the Church of the Open Bible, 15 Storks Street in May Pen on Sunday, October 16 starting at 10:15 a.m.
The week of activities will culminate in the annual Heroes Day Parade on October 17 at the May Pen courthouse.