Christmas and New Year's on Green Turtle Cay

Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bahamas  , Out Islands,
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Here are two more videos from Green Turtle Cay.  The first  is short.  It takes you along with us to three Christmas parties we attended. One party was with a Black Bahamian Family (the McIntosh's) who trace their roots back to Scotland. You'll have to do the math on that one.  

In addition to the Christmas party, we were invited to lunch at Ruben & Juni McIntosh's home.   Pierce broke out a couple of games and both were a big hit. It's just like home here – everybody likes to eat and play games.  No video on that one, but it's worth a mention. 

You'll meet Ruben McIntosh and one of his children in the second video – the Green Turtle Cay New Years Junkanoo! You'll see a  “family island” Junkanoo celebration. I've been told that the Junkanoos in Nassau involve a lot more wacky adult craziness – but we haven't participated in one of those, so we can't say for sure. This one was as the Bahamians say, “plenty fun”. Bahamians come from surrounding Islands to see it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

A Junkanoo is a particularly Bahamian event.  Here is what Wikipedia says about it: 

The origin of the word "junkanoo" is rather obscure. Some people believe it comes from the French "L'inconnu" which means "the unknown," in reference to the masks worn by the paraders.

Junkanoo may have West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the
Yoruba Egungun festivals.  It is believed that this festival began during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves in The Bahamas were given a special holiday around Christmas time when they would be able to leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation this tradition continued, and junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music, and incentive prizes.

After the celebrations we left Geen Turtle Cay and vistied some islands to the north:  a settlement on "the mainland" (the big island of Abaco) and and two other small islands, one uninhabited and the other much less developed than GTC. The video on that will be our next post.

We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we enjoyed making them. If you want to "rate" our travel blog you can do so in the right-hand column by clicking on the far-right star under the small world map : ).



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