Jamaica Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles
  • Public holidays in Jamaica include Christian holidays and secular holidays
  • Christianity is the largest religion practiced in Jamaica
  • Jamaica is regarded as a bilingual country, with two major languages in use by the population which is Jamaican Standard English (JSE) and English-based creole called Jamaican Patois (or Patwa)
  • All public holidays are governed by the provisions of the Holidays (Public General) Act of 1895
  • The Holidays with Pay Act of 1947 guarantees all workers in Jamaica entitled a paid day off for all nationally recognized holidays
  • Employees s/he required to work on a nationally recognize holiday will receive a premium pay rate for all hours they worked.
  • Except Labour Day, all holiday that falls on a Saturday will be observed on that day
  • All holidays falls on a Sunday will be celebrated on the following Monday

    1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
    2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday - Public Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
    1 MarWedAsh Wednesday - A day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. Observed by many Western Christians
    14 AprFriGood Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
    16 AprSunEaster Day - Also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
    17 AprMonEaster Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
    23 MayTueLabour Day - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
    1 AugTueEmancipation Day - Slavery in the British Empire ended on 1 August 1834
    7 AugMonIndependence Day - Independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962
    16 OctMonNational Heroes' Day - 3rd Monday every October. Commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history
    25 DecMonChristmas Day - Celebrate the birth of Christ
    26 DecTueBoxing Day - The original concept of Boxing Day was to open wooden box or clay containers where people placed gifts and share gifts with the less fortunate

    1 JanThursNew Year's Day
    18 FebWedAsh Wednesday
    3 AprFriGood Friday
    5 AprSunEaster Day
    6 AprMonEaster Monday
    23 MaySatLabour Day
    1 AugSatEmancipation Day - Slavery in the British Empire ended on 1 August 1834
    6 AugThursIndependence Day - Independence from the UK in 1962
    19 OctMonNational Heroes' Day
    25 DecFriChristmas Day
    26 DecSatBoxing Day

    1 JanFriNew Year's Day
    10 FebWedAsh Wednesday
    25 MarFriGood Friday
    27 MarSunEaster Day
    28 MarMonEaster Monday
    23 MayMonLabour Day
    1 AugMonEmancipation Day - Slavery in the British Empire ended on 1 August 1834
    6 AugSatIndependence Day - Independence from the UK in 1962
    17 OctMonNational Heroes' Day
    25 DecSunChristmas Day
    26 DecMonBoxing Day

    1 JanMonNew Year's Day
    14 FebWedAsh Wednesday
    30 MarFriGood Friday
    1 AprSunEaster Day
    2 AprMonEaster Monday
    23 MayWedLabour Day
    1 AugWedEmancipation Day (Slavery in the British Empire ended on 1 August 1834)
    6 AugMonIndependence Day (Independence from the UK in 1962)
    15 OctMonNational Heroes' Day (Third Monday in October)
    25 DecTueChristmas Day
    26 DecWedBoxing Day

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