This is the next posting by us about the cultures of Bahamas. The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is a country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of Cuba and Hispaniola.
Many of the people who live on The Bahamas are of West African descent, whose ancestors were captured and forced into slavery to work on cotton plantations in America. Others are descendants of the English Puritans who immigrated to Bermuda in search of religious freedom and settled on Eleuthera Island. This provides a melting pot of native customs of West African, English and other cultures who settled in The Bahamas over the last several centuries. Those cultures have shaped the culture in The Bahamas today.
One of the most popular cultural festivals is Junkanoo, when thousands of people in ornate and colorful costumes and headdresses dance in the streets to rhythmic Bahamian music. This cultural event has spurred numerous smaller festivals throughout the islands over the year, but the biggest celebration takes place each Dec. 26 and New Year’s Day.