Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events


The biggest event in the Bahamian calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day (January 1). Junkanoo groups "rush" through the streets of towns, especially Nassau, wearing spectacular yet disposable costumes of crepe paper and playing distinctive Junkanoo music, which combines African rhythms with loud brass and cowbells, fusing them together in a medley that veers on cacophony but is exceedingly dancable. The costumes, made from scratch every year, are disposed of on the streets as the party ends and make a great free souvenir to bring home!

Public holidays

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

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