This holiday commemorates the day when The Bahamas became a fully independent nation on July 10, 1973, separating from the United Kingdom. However, we remain a member of The Commonwealth of Nations.
Bahamas Independence Day Holiday
On the 10th of July at 12:00 AM.
Organization / Contact:
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Nassau The Bahamas
This event is sponsored by the Cancer Society Of Eleuthera. In addition to lighting of the Christmas Tree, there will be dancing, live music, and poetry readings.
The Christmas holiday is celebrated in The Bahamas with many carnivals and festivals. We also have adopted many of the same traditions and customs of other countries. These include gift-giving, feasting and sending Christmas cards.
This holiday was granted to slaves the day after Christmas, when they were given the boxes left over from their master’s gifts. These boxes usually were sent from England and were well-crafted from fine wood. Hence the holiday is known as Boxing Day.
Junkanoo, the National Festival of The Bahamas, is an expression of Bahamian art and culture. Large groups parade along Bay Street in downtown Nassau with elaborate costumes, dancing or playing goatskin drums, horns, bells, or whistles, as thousands watch and dance along.
Bringing in the new year with a bang is a tradition known to the island of Abaco. Every New Year’s Day a Junkanoo parade displaying breathtaking sights and vibrant sounds fills the historic streets of New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay, in celebration of a new year.