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National Heroes' Day in Jamaica

National holiday in Jamaica

National Heroes' Day in Jamaica is celebrated on third Monday in October
Above, left-right; Nanny, Samuel Sharpe, Marcus Garvey, Norman Washington Manley, Sir Alexander Bustmante, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle.

When is National Heroes' Day in Jamaica?

How long until National Heroes' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 305 Days.
Dates of National Heroes' Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday October 21st
2018 Monday October 15th
2017 Monday October 16th
2016 Monday October 17th
2015 Monday October 19th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Celebrated on the Third Monday in October. Commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history.

National Heroes' Day is a public holiday in Jamaica observed on the third Monday in October.

The holiday commemorates seven national heroes from Jamaican history.

History of National Heroes' Day

The third Monday in October is when Jamaicans take time to acknowledge and show their appreciation to the current seven national heroes, who have all made significant contributions to the independence and development of modern Jamaica.

Declared as national heroes in 1969

  • Paul Bogle, birth date uncertain – 1865. A Jamaican Baptist deacon and activist. He was a leader of the 1865 Morant Bay protesters, who marched for justice and fair treatment for all the people in Jamaica.
  • Sir Alexander Bustmante, 1884-1977. A Jamaican politician and labour leader who in 1962 became the first prime minister of Jamaica.
  • Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940, born in St. Ann. A proponent of Black nationalism in Jamaica and especially the United States
  • George William Gordon, 1815-1865. A wealthy Jamaican businessman, magistrate and politician, one of two representatives to the Assembly from St. Thomas-in-the-East Parish.
  • Norman Washington Manley, 1893-1969. A Rhodes Scholar, Manley became one of Jamaica's leading lawyers in the 1920s.

Declared as national heroes in 1969

  • Nanny. Queen Nanny or Nanny, Jamaican National Hero, was a well-known, 18th-century leader of the Jamaican Maroons.
  • Samuel Sharpe, 1801-1832. An enslaved African Jamaican man who was the leader of the widespread 1832 Baptist War slave rebellion in Jamaica.

The day is marked by various celebrations including flag-raising and tree-planting ceremonies, concerts and services to commemorate the heroes.

Award ceremonies also take place each year to honour and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution to Jamaica and Jamaican society.

National Heroes' Day was first celebrated as a public holiday in Jamaica on Monday 20 October and replaced Queen Elizabeth's Birthday.


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