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More than 70 students and teachers from schools in London were recently treated to a traditional Jamaican Christmas at the High Commission located in the British capital.
The children, many of whom are studying Jamaican culture for school projects, learnt about how Christmas was observed on the island with information about tradition activities like Jonkonnu parades, and the Christmas grand market.
Before the start of the formalities, the children surprised acting High Commissioner, Sharon Saunders with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to mark her special day.
Noted Jamaican choreographer Jackie Guy and Singer Adwoa Dickson, involved the children in singing Jamaican Christmas carols and songs including ‘Christmas a Come Me want me Llama”, ‘The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy” and “Mary’s Boy Child”. A Jamaica Information Service (JIS) video titled: ‘This is Jamaica’ was also shown.
The students and their teachers were also treated to a traditional Jamaican Christmas lunch, which featured jerk chicken, baked ham, rice and peas, fried plantains, cocktail patties, sorrel and fruit drinks, Christmas cake, potato pudding, drops, grater cakes and gizzadas.
All the schools were presented with gift bags containing information on Jamaican history, lifestyle and heritage, as well as outstanding nationals including scientist, musicians and sports personalities.
Each year, the High Commission in association with the JIS, hosts a special event for school children to give them a taste of Jamaican life, culture and heritage, and to highlight the achievements of outstanding Jamaicans, especially those living in the United Kingdom.