February Is The Month For Romance and Reggae in Jamaica!
February is traditionally the month where Valentine’s day is celebrated over much of the world, and of course, Jamaica is no exception. It’s actually a really big celebration with loving couples declaring their feelings just as others do worldwide. Restaurants are booked out, chocolates fly off the shelf and the card industry does a roaring trade.
And if all that romance makes you feel like dancing, then February is the ideal time to do it, as it’s also officially ‘Reggae Month’, designated by the Government of the island, in order to recognise and celebrate the impact and contribution of reggae to the island’s cultural and economic development.
February was specifically chosen as two of reggae’s late icons also had birthdays in this month (Bob Marley was February 6th, and the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’, the late Dennis Brown’s was on February 1st), so that seemed the most appropriate time – and it’s proved a huge success!
Since its launch, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has been formed, and the Reggae Month Committee now work to put together a series of exciting events for locals and tourists to enjoy. Over the years, there have been a variety of themes ranging from ‘Women In Reggae’, through to ‘Reggae Jazz On The Waterfront’ – each one attracting major players in the industry.
The combination of the two events means that Jamaica is a buzzing place in February, allowing people to enjoy their natural love of romance and music, all in one!
But if you can’t make it to Jamaica in time for this year, then you can still celebrate in style. Island Delight patties are an authentic taste of Jamaica, so team them up with a tot or two of rum, put ‘One Love’ on repeat – and (apart from the difference in temperature) – you won’t know the difference. Enjoy a rockin’ romantic February!!