Junkanoo

Boxing Day Holiday

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 parades take place on some islands to commemorate the day.

Lobster Fest & Lion Fish Derby

This event celebrates the opening of the national Lobster Season and includes a hunt for the invasive Lion Fish. On day one, prizes will be awarded for the largest lobster and most lion fish caught: start time 9:00 a.m. / end time 4:00 p.m. In the evening, there will be a variety of lobster entrees, lots of beverages, art, souvenirs, games, and dancing to Bahamian music: start time 6:00 p.m. / end time 11:00 p.m.

The Berry Islands Fest & Homecoming

This signature event celebrates everything indigenous to The Berry Islands: Culture, People, Food, Drinks, etc. Residents and visitors participate in cultural heritage activities throughout the islands—Junkanoo, exciting Bahamian dance, music, a gospel concert, games, artistic exhibitions, souvenirs, food and drink, and a Kamalami Boat Race.

Annual Back To Gomez Homecoming & School Fair

This fair celebrates the annual 'coming back to the island' of friends and family. It is one of the largest events on The Berry Islands' calendar. The fun-filled day starts at sunrise with a White Elephant Sale; quality items will be available at inexpensive prices. There will be lots and lots of food, drinks, games and fun, plus a Marching Band and Junkanoo performances. The highlight of the event is the Grand Raffle, where you can snag a really good prize.

Second Home Owners' Reception & Art Auction

This reception is held in honor of our Second-home Owners, and will feature a variety of Pot Luck dishes prepared by them and the locals. There will be Junkanoo and cultural performances and gift bags will be presented to the Second-home Owners. R. N. Gomez School, along with Ripples of Hope, will offer an Art Auction featuring the work of students and second-home owners. Proceeds will go to the school.

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