Customs and traditions
The most common way of health is a handshake
with direct eye contact and a smile. Female friends can
hug each other and kiss each other on both cheeks, while
men usually pat each other on the shoulder or fold their
palms together in a "high five".
Before establishing a personal contact, one should
address individuals with mr / mrs / miss / ms and the
Overview of the capital city of Jamaica, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Family, work, and hobbies are often good conversation
topics when meeting someone for the first time, but you
should wait to talk about politics and religion that can
be sensitive topics. Giving praise to Jamaican country,
athletes or food can be a great way to start a
conversation. Jamaicans are often warm, friendly and
laugh a lot. Humor is important and can facilitate both
in private contacts and business conversations.
Times and business
You should book business meetings a couple of weeks
in advance and then confirm that the meeting really
should be held a few days before the day in question.
The meetings, which begin with small talk, are formal
but kept in a friendly tone. Professional status is
important at meetings and at companies.
For the Jamaicans, it is often not so important to
fit the times. It is not uncommon for a person whom you
have met to meet at least half an hour late. As a
visitor, you are still expected to be on time for
meetings, but it is good to be prepared that you can
wait a bit. The rate of work is generally lower than in
Europe and the United States.
Most people are well dressed at work. In many service
professions you wear uniform, as the school children do.
In offices, women usually dress in skirts and jackets
and men in pants and shirt. In the financial sector, men
are expected to wear a shirt and tie and sometimes even
a suit. Shorts and sandals are rarely used at work, but
almost exclusively on the beach.
Jamaican food culture has drawn inspiration from many
directions: indigenous peoples, Spaniards, Englishmen,
Africans, Indians and Chinese. The food often consists
of fish, seafood, chicken or beef seasoned with, for
example, ginger, nutmeg, spice or curry. Rice or beans
are served to the meat or fish. The country's national
dish is ackee and saltfish
(salted cod and fruit ackee). Other typical dishes are
the spicy smoky chicken dish jerk chicken,
ox tail and beans as well as goat in curry. Food bananas
are widely used and the diet includes a variety of
fruits such as mango and papaya.
Holidays and Holidays
In addition to the usual Christian holidays and New
Year's and workers' day on May 1, Jamaicans celebrate
Independence Day on the first Monday in August and
National Hero Day on the third Monday in October. The
latter draws attention to Christopher Columbus's
"discovery" of America. In Jamaica, the Chinese New Year
is also celebrated.