New Year’s Day is a holiday in the Bahamas as part of celebrations that start on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.
Bahamas celebrates the coming of another year, first and foremost, through their New Year’s Junkaroo party, held on Grand Bahama and on the island of Abaco.
In true Bahama style, the junkaroo is a mix of a big Mardi Gras like parade held in Nassau. There are actually two such junkaroos, one on Boxing Day, 26 December, and the other on 1 January. There are also other parades held on 1 January or 31 December in various parts of Bahamas, but the parade in Nassau is “the big one”.
There are quieter celebrations in homes around the Bahamas as well. Some cross over from the old year to the new in the presence of family. But many are also out parading and partying in the streets into the wee hours of the morning.