The Spanish wrote the name used by the native Taino, "Yamaye," as "Xaymaca." The Taino word is purported to mean "many springs." The abbreviated name, "Ja" and the Rastafarian term "Jamdung" (Jamdown) are used by some residents, along with "Yaahd" (Yard), used mainly by Jamaicans abroad, in reference to the deterritorialization of the national culture. Jamaica, one of the Greater Antilles, is situated south of Cuba.
The horseshoes, rather than being actual metal plates, are crocheted and a long ribbon is attached in a loop from end to end.
The horseshoe is worn upside down over the arm of the bride during the wedding to bring luck to the marriage Bermuda traditions include the bride and groom walking under a moon gate after the ceremony for good luck. The bride's wedding cake is a tiered fruitcake covered with silver leaf and has a small cedar sapling on top that is replanted after the ceremony to symbolize the growth of the couple's love.
The bride opens the nut, shares it with the groom, and sends a piece via messenger to other families to announce the engagement.
After the wedding ceremony, guests shower the couple with corn kernels, symbolizing fertility.
Weddings are significant events and a marriage ceremony is one of the oldest customs in history.
Regardless of time or place, marriage ceremonies have signified the bond between two people and their commitment to each other.Though weddings in Jamaica are typically a modern affair, similar to what you would be used to seeing back home, there are some customs that remain historically significant.You may find it fun, or important, to incorporate some of these customs into your own ceremony.Traditional weddings required elaborate preparations, including the cooking of vast amounts of food and several cakes.Cakes were carried to the wedding location by a procession of married women clothed in white dresses and head-ties.They would have a public declaration of love and commitment by jumping over a broom to the beat of drums.