The day of Valentine is one to show love. We’ve formulated a number of practices to express our feelings to each other on this day, romantic and otherwise. Valentine’s Day traditions exist not only in Jamaica but worldwide. However many of us who celebrate the day are beginning to falter in maintaining these traditions. There are some that have already begun to fade. We can identify some maintained traditions here and there; but that list can only last for so long. Here is a list of five Valentine’s Day traditions that will probably be obsolete in the next ten years:... read more
On Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. the National Library of Jamaica joined millions around the world in celebrating #WorldReadAloudDay2018. The celebration took place in the Daphne Douglas Reading Room of the National Library of Jamaica. Authors Owen “Blakka” Ellis and A-dZiko Simba Gegele read to the gathering which included students and teachers from St.Hugh’s and Holy Trinity High Schools. Guests were treated to a tour of the National Library of Jamaica to culminate the day’s activities.
Beverley Lashley, National Librarian/CEO said that “reading-aloud... read more
1. He doesn’t want to spend
There are some guys who see Valentine’s Day as just an extra strain on their pockets and to avoid that, they put up the façade of not believing in it or celebrating it. Usually these guys are easy to identify and follow a pattern of thrifty spending. So, if he is always a little stingy then on Valentine’s Day, don’t expect anything different.
2. He’s not into expressing emotions
The nature of Valentine’s Day constitutes a whole lot of expressing deep feelings that some guys don’t usually do. It doesn’t always... read more
No one is comfortable having awkward conversations. Having them tends to make us anxious or scared. However there are times when awkward conversations with people like our parents, teachers or friends cannot be avoided. Despite this, there are times when we still try to avoid such conversations, especially when they have the potential to compromise of relationships. Here are a list of ‘would you rathers’ to help us decide just how much awkwardness we’re willing to endure within our friendships:
You have a friend who practises poor hygiene. Everyone laughs at her about it... read more
January 20, 2016 – “The Toyota Air Planter” is a car of the future conceptualized and designed by Caden Ferguson of Munro College. His was the winning entry in the 12 – 15 years old Category of the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.
Caden proposed that this vehicle is a solution to the negative impacts of global warming. “The artwork represents a Toyota plane flying over the world, planting trees as it passes over countries bringing back life to the world which can be seen by the animals and the sky,” said Caden in his description of his winning art piece. “It uses the idea that the... read more
We’ve recently acknowledged that many of our Jamaican proverbs and sayings have disappeared with time. However, that does not mean the loss of our creative use of language and metaphors. There are a number of Jamaican phrases and slangs that we have developed and use today. Young people especially hear and use these slangs every day. Here are 7 of the most current slangs Jamaicans use:
7. Pree – the term is used vastly, usually meaning to focus on something. Depending on the scenario it can simply mean to look, to analyze, or to look intently in a way that might be considered... read more
A large part of our history and culture has always been our proverbs of didactic, comedic or portentous significance. These are things we would hear every day in Jamaica. However there are certain sayings that seem to be disappearing from our daily life. Though the use of proverbs tends to be sparse among the youth of our country, any young person with grandparents or old-fashioned parents can identify sayings like “one-one co-co full basket” or “wah sweet nanny-goat a guh run ‘im belly”. Although, even this feature of our culture appears to be waning. Members of the upcoming generation of... read more
According to the Oxford Dictionary it is “the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group”. In Jamaica, etiquette is often referred to as simple “mannas an’ respek”. The correct etiquette varies based on the situation. For example, etiquette in the home might be more relaxed than etiquette at a formal function. Regardless, there are scenarios in which we all sometimes forget or question which form of etiquette is appropriate. The following are scenarios in which etiquette doesn’t appear as simple as what we were taught as youngsters:... read more
Creating Art is perhaps one of the greatest things that someone can do for their soul. Art is a way in which someone can express their thoughts and emotions that cannot be done through regular communication. Of course, art comes in many forms, with drawing, painting, sculpting, and writing being the more traditional ones. However, in recent history, there has been a rise in popularity of a relatively new form of art – photography. Photographs can be used to report events, tell stories and express unspoken thoughts.
These are concepts that 19-year-old Leniel Rose is more than... read more