25 Days of Christmas

In Jamaica, folk customs and beliefs have formed part of the overall value system and practices for centuries. Jamaican Christmas celebrations also have a set of closely held beliefs and sayings that influence the practices during and after the season.

Some Jamaican sayings linked to Christmas and the New Year includes:

  • First crops planted on Christmas Day (December 25) will bear heavily afterwards.
  • If a glass filled with soap suds on New Year’s Day (January 1) is placed outside at noon, it will show the person’s destiny.
  • If a person climbs a hill on the morning of New Year’s Day, he/she will see the sun dance.

If you know other Jamaican folk customs associated with Christmas, please share them with us.

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