This past Monday, August 6th, Jamaica celebrated 50 years of independence from Britain. The festivities here got off to a slow start primarily because we had a change of government in December and the word on the street is that the previous plans were scrapped. There was also a lot of talk that the government didn’t have the funds — at this moment, I have no idea where we stand in our talks with the IMF — so for a while, I wondered if we’d even have anything.
Meanwhile, Jamaicans in Canada, the US and the UK have been celebrating since last year. Whenever friends there would say they wished they could be here, I’d tell them they’d probably better off staying where they were as not too much was happening here.
Things changed though near the end of July when the Jamaica50 Golden Jubilee Village opened at the National Stadium in Kingston. It did what no other thing had done: it transformed what had been an abstract concept into something real and tangible and caused almost everyone to focus on the anniversary.
Last Friday, I decided to visit the Jubilee Village. It really made my hear swell with pride to see people – women mostly — dressed head to toe in their ‘colors.’ I’m usually hesitant to take photos of people but I couldn’t resist and when I asked they gladly agreed to pose for the camera.
So you might be thinking the colors of the Jamaican flag are black, green, and yellow. You’d be wrong! They’re actually black, green and gold. Maybe yellow’s more easily available or people are just color blind. Whatever. Gold looks so rich!
The colors of Independence are also red, blue, white, black as displayed in the uniforms of our police officers.
And for Jamaica50, even our money got a facelift!
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