Grand Market at Ole Tyme Jamaican Chrismus

The festive season also comprised the arrival of Jonkonnu bands with bright, animated characters such as the Devil, Belly-Woman, Pitchy-Patchy,


Ole Tyme Chrismus in Jamaica, buuilt on tradition of decades past, was marked by the traditional ‘Grand Market’ in downtown Kingston. Shoppers bought small toys, ‘fee fees’, firecrackers, balloons, starlight, locally made sweets such as peppermint sticks and other sweets from sidewalk vendors in the days leading up to Christmas.

Shoppers would wander through the market to look at the attractively arranged assortment of wares, before going off to see the huge Christmas tree well lit at Sir William Grant Square.

The festive season also comprised the arrival of Jonkonnu bands with bright, animated characters such as the Devil, Belly-Woman, Pitchy-Patchy, dancing to the music of the band as spectators lined the street for the coulourful spectacle.

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