Public holidays in The Bahamas are something you might consider when booking a vacation. Why? Well not only will it mean that the shops will be shut, it also has an effect on flight costs which often increase due to the higher demand as people take the opportunity to travel. On the positive sign it often means that there is a Junkanoo parade, a colorful street parade with elaborate costumes, music and dancing.
Public holidays in The Bahamas include the ones we all love and know such as Christmas Day, New Years Day, Easter Monday and WhitMonday and Good Friday. But we need more days off from work and time to let our hair down so in The Bahamas we thought up a few new excuses to have a good time.
First on January 10th we celebrate Majority Rule Day which officially “symbolizes the promise of equality and fair play for all”, unofficially its a day at the beach, its a day for a family picnic….Yes we can spend a day at the beach in Exuma in January (don’t forget the sun screen).
Next public holiday in The Bahamas is the first Friday in June when we celebrate Labour Day. This is the day when we celebrate the hard work and prosperity provided my the islands work force. Picnic time!
Another public holiday is July 10th when we have Independence Day celebrating The Bahamian day of independence from Great Britain while still remaining a member of The British Commonwealth…. off to the beach again!
August 15th is the next local Bahamian public holiday. This is Emancipation Day which celebrates the 1834 abolition of slavery…… BBQ on the beach!
On October 12th the next public holiday in The Bahamas is National Heroes Day. It used to be called Columbus Day to commemorate the day that Christopher Columbus landed on Watling Island (now called San Salvador ) but as doubt was shed on that claim, the day was renamed in 2012 and now we celebrate famous Bahamian persons of merit, some sports related, some politicians, or someone who has achieved something remarkable.
Then the last public holiday in The Bahamas is Boxing day which is copied from an old British custom. The day after Christmas Day was a day that the landed gentry reversed the roles and they devoted the day to their servants. the wealthy would wait at the table serving their servants and would present each with a box with a gift, hence Boxing Day. The Bahamas adapted this tradition and the wealthy land owners gave gifts to their slaves.
We cannot talk about public holidays without mentioning the one event that occurs on many of those days, especially Boxing Day and New Years Day. Then we are entertained with Junkanoo. When rival communities dress in elaborate brightly colored masks and outfits and parade through the town along with their band of musicians and dancers. They are judged by local personalities and one community is awarded the coveted prize as the best.
So come on down to Exuma and see Junkanoo and explore our beautiful island. We at Harbour View would love to have you stay with us in our luxury home overlooking the deserted islands that are just a short kayak paddle away.