What Is Junkanoo?

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Most people think it may have evolved from the days of slavery, but Junkanoo is for sure a magnificent expression of culture by Bahamian groups of up to 1,000. People dress in brightly colored and beaded costumes with feathers and sequins and they carry huge drums and other marching band instruments, feeling the beat of the music deep in their soul. Dancers and musicians rehearse for the parade for weeks on end.

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Junkanoo, named after the West African John Canoe Festival, originated in the Bahamas around the 17th century as a masquerade. Slaves with their faces hidden under a flour paste, celebrated on Boxing Day and the day after Christmas. ... Today, as a cultural expression, Junkanoo is highly anticipated and celebrated. It is a weekly occurrence in Nassau, Bahamas in the summer and other places in the Bahamas celebrate it one time in the summer around the time of Independence Day.

India Hicks lifestyle brand is made up of fresh takes on handbags, jewelry, beauty products and home accessories. It has many designs that reflect themes of water and the Bahamas as India lives on Harbour Island and has raised her children there. She has designed a new mini collection for her brand that will celebrate the same wonderful themes with lots of color and spirit. Don’t miss out on Junkanoo!