21 Dos and Don’ts In Jamaica Cookouts.
Your Jamaican good friend invites someone to a celebration and you are terrified of being the only real Non-Jamaican there. You are afraid that you’ll stick out like a sore thumb and you do not know what the Jamaican Cookout etiquette is similar to. Well, this is a set of things we like and do not like at Jamaican Cookouts
1. The invitation says come at 4 pm nevertheless, you should not occur before 5 pm, ideally, nearer to 6. It’s likely that that the sound man (DJ) hasn’t even begun to string the container yet (setup the gear) and you’ll be stuck supporting the host unless you like that of course.
2. Usually, do not walk with two long hands. Always try to bring something. However, do not bring food unless the coordinator has asked you to. Jamaicans are extremely funny about who prepares their food, nor like to eat from strangers. Bring some ale or hard liquor. We like that.
3. Usually, do not dress all nice. This is not high tea and this is not a nightclub. Comfortable and informal is the ideal solution. Gals, do not wear excellent high heels that produce you look like a newborn leg when you walk. We will giggle at you. Also, those stilettos will poke openings in our backyard. We do not want you making animal tracks inside our lawns. We don’t like that.
4. Please do not get all extravagant if you are asked to bring food. We don’t like to consume food that we cannot identify or pronounce. If you know you can prepare food, just bring some hard dough bakery. We like that.
5. When it’s time for the food to be shared allow others to become listed on the lines before you. You don’t want to appear greedy. We can’t stand greedy people.
6. Conversely, if you are on a diet, be prepared to break it that day. We can’t stand picky eaters. Jamaicans get very offended when you refuse our food. If you don’t are Rastafarian or Muslim, you better ask Miss Betty how she makes her jerk hen and pretend to enjoy it. Well, you understand you really do like it. If eating meat eats in your conscience too much then stick to the hard dough breads, celebration or the salad. Make sure to rave about any of it too so the host is aware you are enjoying their food. We like that.
7. Usually, do not go for moments until everyone has eaten. Before you do though, be certain to check the chef. They will encourage anyone to have more if indeed they notice that you truly enjoy it. We’re like this.
8. Do not load up a to-go dish unless the number has asked anyone to. Also, do not travel with Tupperware. If you must, do not take it out your vehicle. Just keep hold of the foil covered paper dish until it’s time to go then do a quick swap in the privateness of your vehicle.
9. If the host doesn’t have foil (or is unwilling to spend it) and you simply did not bring Tupperware, ask for a plastic bag instead. They are great for keeping food packed paper plates alongside one another after cookouts.
10. When it’s time to dance, don’t just stand there gawking at everyone. You are going to stick out such as a sore thumb and we will assume you are not enjoying yourself. Do a little rock from side to side. Most Jamaican music is rockable. We like that.
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11. Many Jamaicans declare never to love soca but whenever “Tiney Winey” comes on, they ignore its soca music. You have to actually wine to this one. Your waist might not be accustomed to this boogie but it’s kinda like the hokey pokey with a twist. Just move with it. We like this.
12. Do not be alarmed when you are with a delight dance partner. It’s only a dance. You are not being propositioned for a relationship or otherwise. We’re like that.
13. It’s great to learn a few dances beforehand like “Pon the River” and the “Electric Slide”. Do not get all excited if you do know it and want showing off your skills. You need to be natural. We like this.
14. Stay away from the “Dutty Wine” and other dances that require too much winning. There are most likely children running around and we don’t like people getting too unpleasant before our children. How about the young adults you say? We see them. We have been scowling at them too. We can’t stand that.
15. Expect to see at least one individual on the party floor who dances like a possessed kitten that just received baptized. We do not profess to know what he was sipping or smoking. We just know that someone must get their uncle….fast! If you see they coming towards you, do not make eyes contact. If they start convulsing like they trapped the Spirit, they’ve got a lower leg in the air plus they start moving left, make a hasty shuffle to the right. Do this or you will not like it.
16. The refreshments may be streaming but you won’t need to be enjoying too much if you can’t handle it. Avoid the rum punch if you think it’s strong enough to shed a hole through your torso. We don’t like to see people behaving sloppy at our people. Just adhere to the beer or wine coolers. You’ll like that.
17. You will see at least one drunk person at the cookout. Do not be that person. We let them have their fun and pity them. You don’t want our pity, it is rather pitiful. You won’t like that.
18. Do not sign up for the men in Dominoes if you can’t play. Dominoes is not merely matching numbers. It requires great skill to give a guy “six-love”. Don’t be alarmed if there is a great deal of swearing, lifted voices, and slamming down of dominoes. That is a “big man” game. Stay away if you do not desire to be humiliated and emasculated. We’re like that.
19. There is always one family member who will talk your ear canal off. Be polite but prepare yourself for an exit strategy. Look over there! *run fast*. We’ll recognize that you’re not seeking to be mean and you are not like that.
20. Usually, do not go inside your home unless you have to. Jamaicans love to have people come over their house but never in their house to travel “fass” or be inquisitive to see what they have inside. If you must use the bathroom be hasty and leave it in good condition. We can’t stand people messing up our house.
21. Most of all, socialize. We don’t like trapped up people. Do not be too talkative or ask way too many questions. Just pay attention. Jamaicans have a lot of interesting reports to tell. Inquire further about their family, that they acquired their nickname, or where they may be from in Jamaica. Follow these steps and you’re guaranteed to be asked back to another cookout. They will like you and you will have Jamaican friends for life.