The Bahamas

Junkanoo dancer
Junkanoo dancer Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Similar to Mardi Gras and Carnival, Junkanoo is a massive celebration that takes place in Nassau on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, and on New Year’s Day. Junkanoo began as a temporary celebration of freedom for slaves who were given three days off for Christmas. It has since blossomed into an exuberant, colorful event with rhythmic goombay drums, copper bells and whistles, which can be heard during performances parading along Bay Street. In downtown Nassau, revelers can enjoy music and dancing by teams of locals dressed in elaborate, colorful costumes that often take the entire year to make.