Jamaican Public Holidays 2023

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Jamaicans absolutely love holidays, and who can blame us? It’s the perfect time to let loose, party, and have some fun.

We take full advantage of the holidays and hit the beaches, rivers, gather with family, and get down in some serious eating.

With a mix of religious, cultural, and historical significance, each holiday brings its own unique flair and customs that we all love.

If you want to know the public holidays of Jamaica in 2023, then keep on reading. I’ll also show you why holidays are so important in Jamaican culture!

Jamaican Holidays 2023: A Festive Guide to Culture and Traditions

Below is the list of 10 public holidays in Jamaica for 2023.

January 1stWednesdayNew Year’s Day
February 22th Wednesday Ash Wednesday
April 7th Friday Good Friday
April 10thMondayEaster Monday
May 23rdTuesdayLabour Day
August 1stTuesdayEmancipation Day
August 6th (August 7th)Sunday (Celebrated Monday)Independence Day
October 16thMondayNational Heroes’ Day
December 25thMondayChristmas Day
December 26th TuesdayBoxing Day

New Year’s Day

Traditionally, Jamaicans ring in the New Year by attending church services and praying for blessings and guidance for the coming year. Then, they gather with friends and family to enjoy a delicious feast of Jamaican cuisine, including jerk chicken, rice and peas, and fried plantains. Of course, it’s also a time for drinks and music as they dance the night away.

If you want to learn more about how Jamaicans celebrate the New Year, be sure to check out our article “How Do Jamaicans Celebrate the New Year?”