Cultural Norms of Jamaica

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Cultural norms of Jamaica

Jamaica is a land of diverse cultures. It has a number of different racial ethnic groups .The largest group however is the blacks or Africans so 'Jamaica’s culture' is predominantly black. Interwoven is also the European culture which these blacks learnt from their former white slaves masters. You will find Indians living in Jamaica also. Many Indians came to Jamaica as indentured servants and stayed, they too have an input in the Jamaica’s culture.
There is a thriving culture of Chinese on the island many came and are still coming as merchants. Jews and the Syrians also are a part of this cultural mix. All these different races have made the country what it is, hence the motto written on the Coat of Arms ‘Out
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They play most of the sports of the Commonwealth, the Americas, and of course those they acquired from their many peoples. Jamaicans play for fun, relaxation and keeping in shape. However sports do offer many of their youths a ticket to continued education, fame, and financial security, Jamaica is home to the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. The list of games played in Jamaica is far too long however some of the most popular are cricket, domino, soccer/football, netball, surfing, bobsled, table tennis, basketball, golf, athletics, boxing, horse racing, volleyball, motor racing etc. There are also games mostly played by children, games such as jacks, dandi-shandi (sightings) jump rope (skipping rope), and a wide range of games played with hands accompanied by song.
The daily life of Jamaicans Family life is central to most Jamaicans, although formal marriages are less prevalent there than in most other countries. It is common for three generations to share a home. Many women earn wages, particularly in households where men are absent, and grandmothers normally take charge of preschool children. Wealthier Jamaican families usually employ at least one domestic helper.
The main meal is almost always in the evening, because most people do not have time to prepare a midday meal and children normally eat at school. Some families eat together, but television has increasingly replaced conversation at the dinner table. The exception to this rule is Sunday, when tradition