» Junkanoo

Junkanoo Dates

Junkanoo in 2013 »   26 December  To  1 January

Junkanoo Category: Festival
Celebrated In: Bahamas

Junkanoo is celebrated through out the Bahamas, but most notably in Nassau. Other places of celebration are Abaco, Bimini, Eleuthera, or Grand Bahamas: from 2:00 am till 8:00 am. If you miss out on the December 26 festivities, make sure you make it to the Bahamas by January 1st—Junkanoo festival is also held as the sun rises on the 1st of January.

The Junkanoo Festival is a celebration of freedom from slavery named after 17th-Century African slave trader John Canoe. On this day, Bahamian slaves were able to leave plantations and celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends. This was a chance to let loose with song and dance in these troubled and miserable times. During the early years of the festival, Junkanoo parade participants donned bizarre masks and trotted along on stilts. This celebration of freedom almost stopped when slavery was abolished, but the tradition is still in full force in The Bahamas.

The participants of the Junkanoo Festival thoroughly plan out the parade into groups of about 500 to 1,000 members, who invest months and months in preparation for the big day, aiming to grab first prize. Competition is so fierce that groups have a “shack” (base camp) where they practice day in and day out on their routines; so be prepared for some well choreographed dancing through the streets of the Bahamas during Junkanoo. At the end of Junkanoo, judges award prizes to those with the best costumes, music, and overall presentation. This is a huge event, so arrive early and get prime seating up on Bay Street in Nassau.

Junkanoo Dates

Junkanoo in 2013 »   26 December  To  1 January

World Trade Fair
India

Kundri Mela held in Jharkhand is one of the very popular cattle fairs in the state. As a state...

India

The day of Kartick Purnima is often referred to as Raas Purnima in West Bengal when Raas Leela...

India

Chandrabhaga Fair in 2013 will be celebrated from 16th to 18th N...

India

This is the one of the most popular pilgrim center in Himachal Pradesh. Dedicated to Baba Bala...

India



The Godachi fair is a most important fair of Karnataka. This fair is organiz...

India

The Yellamma Devi fair is held at the Yellamma temple located in Saundatti of Belgaum district...

India


Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, was left by Lakshman here to serve the period of her bani...

Copyright © FestivalsZone. All Rights Reserved.