Wear, show the Jamaican colours to celebrate Emancipendence

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Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Olivia Grange has asked business enterprises and Government offices nationwide to fly the national flag and include the national colours in their decorations and displays as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 48th anniversary of independence.

The colours of the national flag and other national symbols, said Grange, "will heighten visual impact and strengthen the national spirit".

At the same time, the minister has reminded Jamaicans that the flag must be raised at 8:00 am and lowered at sunset.

"...Make creative uses of the national colours — black, gold and green — in dress and fashion accessories over the seven days of celebrations, which begins this Saturday (today) and climaxes on Independence Day, Friday, August 6," said the minister.

According to Minister Grange, there will be "a burst of festivities and creative cultural events" beginning with the Emancipation Jubilee today at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.

"The Emancipation Jubilee will retrace the experience of our ancestors on their journey to and arrival in Jamaica," she said.

The National Independence Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church, 12 Slipe Road, Kingston tomorrow, beginning at 9:30 am, while the Augus' Fair and Culinary Show will take place on Monday, August 2 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, starting at 10:00 am.

The World Reggae Dance Championship Finals are also scheduled for Monday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 8:00 pm, and 'Mello Go Roun' is on Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the National Arena.

On Independence Day there will be islandwide celebrations for the entire day, including parades, street dances, the Western Gala in Montego Bay and the Grand Gala at the National Stadium.

The theme of Jamaica Festival this year is "I Believe in Jamaica".