Christmas in The Bahamas!
Christmas celebrations in The Bahamas would not be complete without Junkanoo bands "rushing" in the streets. Venture down to Bay Street in Nassau during the early morning hours of Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and New Year's Day and behold this cornucopia of color and sound. The darkness of the early morning adds to the bewitching atmosphere. Overhead streetlights highlight the hues of the costumes and banners intricately designed and patterned from minute strips of crepe paper of all colors glued to clothing, cardboard and wood.
The origin of the word Junkanoo is obscure.Most Bahamians believe it came from "John Canoe," the name of an African tribal chief who demanded the right to celebrate with his people even after being brought to the West Indies in slavery.
It is believed that this festival began during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves were given a special holiday at Christmas time, when they could leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music and costumes. After emancipation, they continued this tradition and, today, Junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music and incentive prizes.
There is even a museum showcasing Junkanoo costumes, art and artifacts in downtown Nassau--a cultural highlight and must-see attraction for all visitors.
Ideally located on a beautiful private beach, the British Colonial Hilton hotel is situated within 5 minutes walk of the heart of the Bahamas Junkanoo celebrations. It is also right next to Nassau's shopping district and the financial center. The British Colonial Hilton Nassau was previously the site of the Old Fort Nassau and currently offers Junkanoo revelers a luxurious blend of relaxation, exciting activities and pleasure.
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