Exyplore... Discover... Celebrate
The Syirit of
The Junkanoo Festival
Junkanoo, the national cultural
festival of the Bahamas, has its roots
in Africa, and began in The Bahamas
centuries ago, when under British
law, slaves were granted a three-day
holiday at Christmastime.
Under cover of night in secret places,
ancient African rituals and ceremo-
nies were adapted to the new envi-
ronment in a creative and celebratory
affirmation of self and in defiance of
the harsh realities of the time.
Today the proud spirit lives on in the
Junkanoo Festival, which is held an-
nually on December 26 and January
from 12 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Nas-
sau, the nation's capital. Smaller pa-
rades are held throughout the Baha-
mian archipelago during the Christ-
Thousands of revellers dance on the
main street of Nassau in magnificent
colourful costumes made of card-
board and crepe paper, to the thun-
dering beat of the traditional goat-
skin drums and cowbells.
Junkanoo-catch the spirit!
Thank you for visiting
#31 West St. at Delancey St.
P. O. Box N-85,
Tel:  328-DRUM 
Fax:  364-3801
Arlene Nash Ferguson