Bahamian Culture— What is Junkanoo?
There are many different parts of Bahamian culture but the biggest one I can think of is definitely Junkanoo. It’s a Bahamian tradition that formed back when there were slaves here and the owners gave them a few days of freedom around New Year’s and Christmas. The slaves chose to celebrate those days with a colorful parade, with amazing costumes made out of what ever the slaves could find— which was mostly junk, and so that is where the term Junkanoo comes from.
Junkanoo today has changed a lot from the parade the slaves used to do but you can still find many similarities between modern Junkanoo and the festival celebrated by slaves.
|Junkanoo parade at Deep Creek middle school|
You may be wondering what the local foods of the Bahamas are, and the biggest one I can think of is definitely souse, a stew or broth most commonly made with some sort of meat, like turkey or a lot of times mutton though it is acassionally served with tofu.
Bahamians love this dish wich they eat with Jonny cake (another local Bahamian food). Many Americans I meet do not like it as much, probably because they aren't used to it.
Another local food is baked macaroni. It comes out in big squares covered in cheese. My Bahamian friends love it. It is most commonly served on holidays or for festivals.
Johhny cake is also a very local food, kind of like corn bread, but according to most Bahamians it’s a hundred times better. It is not crazy sweet, but bready and fluffy, perfect to eat with souse or any salty soup.