In Jamaica, Brukins has become associated with celebrations to mark Emancipation, granted to enslaved Africans on the 1st August 1834. The dance is a complex series of movements and sections which is staged begins late at night. The dancers move gradually through a community, adorned in elaborate costumes representing the characters of the British royal court, until morning.
In 1534 the Spanish, who had previously settled in St. Ann's Bay, traveled south of that area and founded Villa de la Vega (town of the plain). In 1655 the British captured the island and renamed the area Santiago or Saint Jago de la Vega (St James on the plain). This area served as the administrative capital of Jamaica from 1534 until 1872, through both the Spanish and British periods of occupation.
On the third Monday of October in each year, Jamaica commemorates National Heroes Day and the nation takes time out to honour those who have given exemplary service. On this day, these individuals are bestowed with national honours and awards in recognition of their meaningful and significant contributions to the development of Jamaica and its citizens.
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ)will be honouring 14 individuals and organizations with Musgrave
medals, which is the longest running traditional award in the Western Hemisphere, recognizing
individuals and organizations in the fields of Literature, Science and Art.