6 August 2013

6th August 1962 | Jamaica Independence

(Picture is that of my own; taken in my back garden, 2013. And yes, that's me)

I make no secret of the fact that I am very proud of my roots; British born, but the daughter to two Jamaican parents. I don't want to turn this blog post into a history lesson, but today marks 51 years when Jamaica gained its freedom from the British colonial occupation in 1962.

6th August in Jamaica is a day of grand celebrations; from paying homage to the fallen heroes who fought for the independence of the country to indulging in entertainment, music, dance, and parades with people attired in ethnic costumes. I have been in Jamaica twice at the time of independence, and believe you me, it is m e n t a l, in the sense of party party party, hardcore celebrations but everyone is so happy. The celebrations continue here in the UK, although they are great, it's not quite the same as those back in Jamaica.

Did you know . . 
Jamaica adopted its flag on 6th August 1962. The colours of the flag have a meaning:

Yellow - representative of natural resources and sunshine
Green - hope and agricultral abudance 
Black - creativity and courage of the people

Today I am at work (2nd day at my new job), and I don't have anything planned. However I did venture to my local park to see the kites, indulge in gorgeous jamaican food and soak up the atmosphere (although mighty cold).


Happy Independence to all Jamaicans, and those with Jamaican roots.

Hope you've enjoyed this blog post.


  1. Nice post.

    1. Serenity of Beauty7 August 2013 23:23

      Thank you :)