Public Holidays in Jamaica

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Public holidays in Jamaica list. Below are National public holidays in Jamaica .

Public holidays in Jamaica
Public holidays in Jamaica

These are Jamaica public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Jamaica as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Jamaica with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Jamaica observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

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Jamaica Public Holidays

In the Jamaica , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Jamaica as a holiday.

Every year on a Jamaica public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Jamaica public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Jamaica

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Feb 17: Ash Wednesday

Apr 02: Good Friday

Apr 04: Easter Day

Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church. In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed.

Easter Day

Apr 05: Easter Monday

May 24: Labour Day (in lieu)

Aug 01: Emancipation Day

Aug 02: Emancipation Day (in lieu)

Aug 06: Independence Day

Oct 18: National Heroes’ Day

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Dec 26: Boxing Day

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Jamaica happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Jamaica public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Jamaica gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Jamaica or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.