Jamaican Christmas Traditions   

Jamaican Christmas Traditions

Many wonderful Christmas traditions are carried out in Jamaica throughout the holidays. Jamaican Christmas traditions are unique and the people’s holiday spirit is infectious. Guests who visit any of the four Couples Resorts during December can’t help but get swept away in the colourful spectacle of the Christmas season. In this blog, we will take a closer look at a few Jamaican Christmas traditions.

Jamaican Christmas Traditions   

‘Grand Market’

Christmas eve in Jamaica is referred to as ‘Grand Market’. During ‘Grand Market’ locals young and old generally come out in their new or best clothes to celebrate and party. Houses and streets are decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments. There are street vendors selling traditional Jamaican food like jerk chicken, boiled corn and Christmas sweets like candy canes and sugarcane. These ‘Grand Market’ festivities typically begin at around 6 pm in the evening and it runs until the morning!

Christmas breakfast

Forget your traditional fry up on Christmas morning. In Jamaica, the locals opt for the freshest ackee and saltfish. This is usually served with breadfruit, fried plantains, boiled bananas, freshly squeezed fruit juice and tea.

Christmas dinner – Jamaican Christmas Traditions

A lot of preparation is put into the Christmas Day dinner. Christmas Dinner is usually served in the late afternoon. Chicken, curried goat, stewed oxtail and their famous rice and peas are a must for the dinner table in Jamaica. The mix of flavours and textures makes for an unforgettable meal!

Jamaican Christmas Traditions

Sorrel at Christmas Time

One of the oldest traditions associated with Christmas in Jamaica is that of drinking sorrel. No Jamaican Christmas dinner is truly complete without a glass of sorrel (This is for adults only). The fruit bears just in time for the festive season and Jamaicans steep the sorrel in hot water with ginger and pimento to make their most popular Christmas drink. Some may choose to add some rum to the Sorrel to help preserve the drink for the New Year.

Jamaican Christmas Fruitcake

No Christmas meal is complete without some dessert. The red wine rum fruitcake is usually served as the dessert of the day and is probably the most delicious of all the Jamaican Christmas traditions. Locals soak whatever fruits they are going to use in their cake in Jamaican white rum and red wine for a whole month. Raisins, cherries, and prunes are the fruits that are typically used for the fruitcake. A few garnishes and spices are added also to enhance the fruitcake’s flavour.

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