Eleuthera & Harbour Island

Emancipation Day/August Monday

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.

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.

Christmas Day

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.

Catch Jerry Chile

A five(5) mile Fun Run/Walk will be held starting at the cork tree in James Cistern to the Governor's Harbour International Airport runway and back.  Proceeds will go towards community initiatives, including life-saving medical equipment for local clinics, repairs and upgrades to local clinics, assisting cancer patients, healthy lifestyle promotions, through health seminars, nutritional counselling and fitness training. This event is sponsored by Pineapple Fields, J.C.Suites and J.C.Discount Superstores. Registration fee is $20 and a t-shirt is included. Invest in your future.

A Taste of Central Eleuthera

This annual event is spearheaded by the five Methodist Churches in the Central Eleuthera Region of The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. The aroma of delicious native dishes, mouth watering deserts and an assortment of drinks and teas will fill the air and the temptation to taste everything will be hard to resist. This exciting festival attracts locals and visitors, for a down home flavor filled experience. Music will also be provided by local entertainers. This is an event you don't want to miss.

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