In appreciation for their continual support to the community, the Ministry of Tourism welcomes our visitors, winter residents and cruising community. There is Bahamian music by local entertainers, succulent native dishes, treats and lots more. Come and bring the whole family to a delightful afternoon of tea, pastriesand Bahamian hospitality on Great Exuma.
The Cruising community and visitors in Exuma's beautiful Staniel Cay bring in the New Year with traditional festiviites including a sailing regatta, charity auction and floating drive (golf).
Bul Reg Regatta kicks off the New Year with three exciting days of sailing. There are two series races including the Roy Albury Cup Race. Food and drinks are on sale and there is live entertainment and games for the kids. Come and bring the whole family.
Locals and visitors gather in Regatta Park, George Town, to sing carols and see performances by local talent. The grand finale is when the park is transformed with thousands of Christmas lights. Come out and bring the whold family.
Majority Rule Day became a public holiday in 2014. It commemorates The Bahamas gaining majority rule for the first time on January 10, 1967, symbolizing the promise of equality, a level playing field, and fair play for all Bahamians.
Along with the emancipation from slavery in 1836, and gaining Independence from Great Britain in 1973, the achievement of Majority Rule is considered one of the most important events in the history of the country.
This religious holiday marks the end of the Lenten season and is the first day of a long holiday weekend which includes the following Monday after Easter Sunday. On this holy day most Bahamians attend church services and serve fish as their main meal of the day.
This holiday marks the beginning of the beach picnicking season for Bahamians. There are also many cookouts in public parks on the Nassau waterfront; homecomings and regattas are held in some Out Islands.
Sir Randol Fawkes established Labour Day in 1961, and it is now named in his honor. On this holiday, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties, march in a large parade through the streets of downtown Nassau, usually in colorful uniforms, beginning around 10:00 a.m. Local bands and a few Junkanooers lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade ends at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders and local politicians deliver speeches.
The second Monday in October, formerly known as "Discovery Day" or "Columbus Day," has now been dedicated to honoring Bahamian national heroes since 2013. An official National Heroes Day ceremony is held with a keynote speech by the Prime Minister, and heroes from a cross-section of civil society are celebrated with a week of activities.
Many people enjoy the day with family gatherings and beach picnics.
This holiday, on the first Monday in August, celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies in 1834. It is celebrated with a Junkanoo Rush-out, a day of beaching, sailing, and regattas in most islands.
On New Providence, old slave villages such as Gambier in the west and Fox Hill in the east have their own special celebrations.