The more popular characters are quite worthy of further mention as their presence in the festival evoked an admixture of fear and excitement in onlookers.
The Jonkonnu cowhead attire is made from a pan, or from half a shell of a coconut, with holes allowing for the insertion of real horns.
European oriented illustrations were once prevalent, but in recent years the cards have featured works of Jamaican artists, local scenery and traditional Christmas symbols with a distinctly Jamaican flavour.
Christmas celebrations commemorate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, 2000 years ago in Bethlehem, Judea.
They as a group developed the Chinese Benevolent Society, founded by Chung Fah Fuicon in 1890.
The purpose of the society was to look after their interest and welfare, to promote charitable activities and mutual assistance among themselves, and to act as arbitrator in the settlement of their disputes.
The Chinese, were noted for their acumen business and for the caring and nurturing of their children placing great emphasis on education and family life.