Junkanoo Date

Category: Festival
Celebrated In: Bahamas

Junkanoo is a national celebration in The Bahamas, the main place where it holds such a honor.

The inception of the expression Junkanoo is dark. Some say it originates from the French "L'inconnu (significance the obscure), in reference to the veils worn by the paraders; or garbage enoo, the Scottish pioneers' reference to the parades, signifying "garbage enough or "John Canoe, the name of an African tribal head who requested the right to celebrate with his kin much in the wake of being brought to the West Indies in subjugation.

It is accepted that this celebration started throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth hundreds of years. The slaves were given an uncommon occasion at Christmas time, when they could leave the ranches to be with their family and commend the occasions with African move, music and outfits. After liberation, they proceeded this custom and, today, Junkanoo has developed from its basic inceptions to a formal, more sorted out parade with complex, perplexing outfits, themed music and motivating force prizes.

Christmas festivals in The Bahamas might not be finished without Junkanoo groups "hurrying" in the boulevards. Wander down to Bay Street in Nassau throughout the early morning hours of Boxing Day (the day following Christmas) and New Year's Day and observe this cornucopia of color and sound. The dimness of the early morning adds to the entrancing environment. Overhead streetlights highlight the tones of the outfits and standards unpredictably outlined and designed from moment portions of crepe paper of all shades stuck to attire, cardboard and wood.

Around the Junkanoo troupes are the Saxons, "Valley Boys" and "Roots." Competition around them is wild -many dollars in prize cash are at stake- -and ensemble outlines are a nearly monitored mystery until they are at long last revealed.


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