The Bahamas officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is a country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of Cuba and Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti); northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of the U.S. state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. Its capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence.
Christmas Celebrations in The Bahamas :
Christmas in Bahamas is a great carnival time with various secular activities and festivals occurring during this time of the year.
Prior to Christmas, Hope Town Lighthouse, located on the north central Elbow Cay Island of the Bahamas is decorated with lights from the bottom of the lighthouse to the observation deck, just like a Christmas tree. It is that time of the year when the whole world is in a festive mood.
Food has always been a central feature of Christmas in Bahamas. Some traditional Bahamian Christmas items are black cake, ginger beer, imported apples, imported grapes, garlic pork, pepper pot, pickled onions and ham. Christmas drinks included ginger beer, sorrel, mauby, sweet potato fly (a fermented drink), other kinds of fly, falernum, shandy, rum and wines.
About a week before Christmas Day carolers go out in the evening singing carols in public places. One of favorite Christmas carols Christians Awake, Salute the Happy Morn still rings in the ear. It can also be experienced on Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Bimini and Abaco.
Christmastime the house gets a thorough going over. It is cleaned carefully. New curtains are hung up. Furniture are varnished and covered with embroidered cloth in the day of Christmas. A Christmas tree is the center of attraction in most houses. It is decorated with twinkling lights, tree top angels, icicles and other ornaments. Bahamian Christmas activities include gift giving, feasting, Christmas cards, Christmas music, Christmas masquerade and others. People present gifts and exchange greetings during Christmas time. Children are offered toys and candy canes by Santa. Families prepare food, cakes and other goodies for families and loved ones.
Junkanoo Festival Celebrations in Bahamas :
Christmas in the Bahamas is incomplete without attending the Junkanoo Festival. This festival is one of the best ways to observe and experience the culture of the Bahamas. Celebrated on Boxing Day (December 26th) and January 1st, Junkanoo is a celebration that remembers the freedom that the slaves used to get during this time of year. Just imagine Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival and New Orlean’s Mardi Gras, and you’ll have an idea of what Junkanoo is like. Junkanoo is distinctly characterized by its Bahamian music, costumes the locals don, and their unique styles of dance. Junkanoo offers endless fun and entertainment for participants.
The Bahamas is a cluster of more than 700 small and large islands, and Junkanoo is celebrated on most of them but Nassau is one the best places for Junkanoo celebrations. Bay Street is a place where you can enjoy the best view of the Junkanoo Festival. Also the Junkanoo Expo, a waterfront museum that annually showcases the best artistic creations from the past.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year !!!