Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine January 2019 - Page 72

THE BAHAMAS POPULATION 13,940 sq. kilometers OFFICIAL LANGUAGE CAPITAL CITY CURRENCY Bahamian Dollar (1 US dollar equals 1.00 Bahamian Dollar) JANUARY 1 New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade Grand Bahama Island SIZE 382, 000 (2013) English Events Junkanoo is a spectacular native street festival with goat skin drums, horns, whistles, cowbells and dancers in dazzling costumes. This is the islands’ national festival and a celebration of their heritage. Nassau AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 240 C / 750 F FEBRUARY 2 Tru Tru Bahamian Festival Nassau This is a showcase of the best of The Bahamas. There will be delicious, authentically Bahamian food and drink, Bahamian-made products, singing, storytelling, traditional dancing and much more. FEBRUARY 22 Rum Cay Day Festival This annual all-day festival features a church service, cultural entertainment, Rake and Scrape bands, family fun and games, with local craft, food and drinks available for sale. It is held each year on the last Friday in February, in Port Nelson’s historic Milo Butler Heritage Park. MARCH 15 - 16 Mutton Festival A celebration of mutton with a variety of mutton dishes prepared on site such as mutton souse, curried mutton, steamed mutton, and baked mutton. There will also be competitions for adults and children, fun activities and a petting zoo. Farmers produce will also be available for sale. This is a family-oriented event. Click here for more Bahamian events Photo Credit: James Willamor