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Emancipation Jubilee at Seville tonight

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

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THE 18th staging of Emancipation Jubilee will be held tonight on the grounds of the historic Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.

The annual Jubilee is a major national celebration organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), in honour of the African ancestors and their contribution to the free society that Jamaicans now enjoy.

Activities begin at 8:00 pm and end at dawn on August 1. The organisers are promising the usual feast of traditional drumming, music, dance, fashion and food that Jamaicans have come to know and love over the last 17 years. The reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will be at midnight, along with a tribute to the ancestors.

In an interview with JIS News, Chairman of the JNHT Ainsley Henriques said that Seville Heritage Park, which is the oldest historical site in Jamaica, is the most appropriate site to recognise and to celebrate Emancipation.

He noted that the celebration is not just a national event, but is also symbolic in encouraging people to recognise Emancipation and to show how important it is to celebrate it.

"We think it is extraordinarily important. We are saying to everybody, this is one of the most important expressions of Emancipation celebrations and everybody is welcome and encouraged to celebrate it in their own homes, churches and communities, if they cannot make it to Seville," said Henriques.

Activities will include musical presentations, which will showcase various aspects of the Jamaican culture, including kumina and other traditional rituals. Also on the Seville stage will be several gospel and reggae artistes, who will perform from midnight until morning.

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