# 3-You know it’s Christmas in Jamaica if you see Jonkunnu

jonkunnuDrums, fiddle, harmonica, an old grater and a costume, Jonkunnu has been part of Jamaica’s Christmas tradition from the days of slavery. Although not as popular today as in the past Jonkunnu is a Christmas dance in which performers dress up in costumes disguising themselves and dance as the instruments are played.

A few well known characters of the Jonkunnu are ‘Belly Woman’, ‘Sailor’, ‘Policeman, ‘Pitchy Patchy’ and ‘Wild Indian’. A couple years ago The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) started the Children’s Jonkunnu and School’s Mento Band competition in an attempt to bring back a fading tradition of Jamaica’s festivities during Christmas.

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~ by RB on December 21, 2008.

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