The Junkanoo Festival in Nassau, Bahamas

Junkanoo is a national celebration of Bahamian culture that is over 200 years old. Though many visitors to the Bahamas aren’t aware of this party in the streets, director of Educulture Bahamas, Ltd., Arlene Nash Ferguson shares the history and importance of this tradition in everyday Bahamian life. Two celebrations take place, one Christmas night and the other New Year’s morning. Full of energy and vibrant dancing, the costumes worn are a central focus of the festival.

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