Sunday, April 11, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Bahamas

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Festivals

The biggest event in the Bahamian calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival that takes place on Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January). Junkanoo bands parade through the streets of the cities, especially in Nassau, wearing spectacular but disposable crepe paper costumes and playing the characteristic Junkanoo music, which combines African rhythms with brass instruments and loud cowbells, fusing them into a medley that becomes cacophonous but extremely danceable. The costumes, which are made each year, are thrown out onto the street at the end of the party and make a great free souvenir to take home!

Public holidays

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 10 January: Majority Rule Day
  • (varied) Good Friday
  • (varied) Easter Monday
  • (varied) Whit Monday
  • 7 June: Labour Day
  • 10 July: Independence Day
  • 5 August: Emancipation Day
  • 12 October: National Heroes’ Day
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Boxing Day
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