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Montserrat Jump-up Day

December 22, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Little Bay, Montserrat

Montserrat’s Jump-up Day commemorates the Emancipation of the enslaved Africans. This tiny Caribbean island boasts great parties and a contagious energy. Jump-up Day is the last day of Montserrat Carnival. The Jump-up Day is modeled after Trinidad & Tobago Carnival however, Montserrat maintains its own identity. Because the festivities center around Christmas – a very…

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Turks & Caicos Grand Junkanoo

December 31
Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos Islands

Celebrated since the 16th century the festival originated from the joyous days of rest the enslaved Africans were given around Christmas  - these days are utilized to their fullest. Popular music forms Junkanoo, Ricksaw, and Combina pump and permeate Turks & Caicos tropical air. The costumes of the past have been modernized yet still resemble…

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Bahamas New Years Day Junkanoo Parade

January 1, 2018
Nassau, Bahamas

Around Christmas enslaved Africans were given three days off - these days were spent with family they celebrated with food, music from homemade instruments and dance. The idea of Junkanoo was kept alive by dedicated islanders until this three days celebration of temporary freedom and relief evolved overtime to be a celebration of culture, tradition,…

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