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Colors of Harbour Island - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Eleuthera The descendants of European and American colonists and African, slaves who were brought here and forced to work on the plantations, live presently in peace and harmony. Today European, American, and African traditions are mixed together and this fusion forms its own unique environment. All the locals, for instance, speak English, which is also the only state language. At the same time, however, you’d be able to have a conversation with those islanders who work in tourism or just live in large cities. The reason for it is that the majority of Harbour’s population speaks Creole since the first settlements on the island. The dialect is formed from French and Dutch and languages of the Dark Continent so even the most common phrases of those languages sound completely different in Creole.
This small island – it’s just about 5 km² - was settled approximately in the 5th century A.D. There were only wild animals before people had come. The Lucayan people – who … Open
Almost half of all the local islanders work in tourism. The other half still do fishing and their traditional crafts. Officially the island is governed by the Royal Family; in practice, the local administration takes all decisions. Even though the locals don’t consider themselves as Englishmen, they respect the traditions of Great Britain and the Royal Family. That’s why it’s better not criticize the British Crown or to make negative comments concerning the time of the island’s colonisation.
The majority of locals belong to Christian confession in its various forms. However, there are also many people who are atheists. People of Harbour Island believe that religion is a private matter. No one here argues about it or tries to impose one’s own views. So, even a complete workaholic would be able to finally relax because of the calm atmosphere of the island. This aura can be explained by the belief of the islanders that it’s worth living for pleasure. And it actually makes sense: endless summer, fertile land – what else you need to enjoy every day of your life? Also, you have to always remember that people here never say no. But it’s completely ok to postpone everything «until tomorrow», so if you want to be sure that your request will be completed or a meeting will definitely take place, then you have to set bold deadlines. Copyright
When talking about Harbour Island, the first thing that would come to mind is that real gem of beach vacation; a place which every self-respecting tourist definitely must visit. It’s … Open
The locals are fond of good humour and they’re always in a good mood. And they express this trade of their national character in music. The local goombay ensembles originally consisted of drums, a saw, rhythm sticks, maracas, and a kind of bass made of a wash-tube with strings tighten on it. People simply used everything to create music instruments, so to speak. Nowadays, there are modern performers who play electric guitars and saxophones, of course, but traditional ensembles exist even now too. You can listen to that music and learn more about it if you manage to come to Junkanoo music festival. It takes plays on a week between Christmas and New Year.
Eleuthera Junkanoo is the largest festival on the island depicting the local culture. There various parades with music and traditional costumes, theater plays, concerts of the local bands, and even take part in the open-air activities. The celebration lasts for a whole week! There are also juries there who choose the best dancer, musician, and a costume designer. People create their costumes not just from the usual materials. They also use sponges, leaves, diverse fabric, and crepe paper. As for a prize, winners get cash reward so the atmosphere of a celebration mixes with a spirit of competition.
On the Graciosa Island, there are only three hotels and each of them attractive in their own way. For holidaymakers who got used to staying at the highest level hotels, the hotel Graciosa is … Open
We hope you don’t think there is no more fun on the island except for Junkanoo. The locals extremely love such mass holidays so they celebrate Liberation Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day and lots of other national days particularly important Britain or the whole world with the same big mood. Bahamas Food Festival, Rum Bahamas, various sports competitions take place here on the island as well. Besides, surfers, divers, yachtsmen also come to meet here, participate in contests and share their experience with each other. Another important aspect is that thanks to the great popularity of the island among tourists from all around the world, criminal activity is very law here. Still, be vigilant, unfortunately, pickpocketing is still typical for all touristic places.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Harbour Island
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Pink Sands Beach

From the series “Top 15 Most Romantic Beaches on Earth”
One of the most romantic beaches on the planet should be sought in the Bahamas, or rather, on Harbor Island. It is here that a charming Pink Sands Beach is located - a beach with pink sand and crystal clear water of azure hue. Its unusual appearance, a sandy beach is due to the corals located on the coast. Tiny particles of which are mixed with grains of sand and give it a pink tinge. The amazing beach is located in the eastern part of the island, its length is about 3000 meters … Read further

National traditions of Bahamas

Local people prefer to wear relaxed and colorful clothing that is great for hot weather. Women enjoy wearing dresses, and men prefer lightweight fabric pants, shirts, and shorts. For official events and church masses, local people put on clothing that covers legs and arms. Bahamians like talking to their friends and new acquaintances during lunch or dinner. Eating together is a great way of socializing for them. However, they do not like touching such serious themes as politics, religion, crime, and so on while eating. The islanders like fun and good laughter. In their jokes, they often make fun of themselves and sometimes of other people, but their jokes are never harsh. They are not aggressive and do not like arrogant and boastful people. … Open
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Thailand Relaxes Its COVID-19 Policy

New Year events in Thailand are likely to bring more people this year because everyone is tired of lockdowns and craving normal life. Many tourists, who book hotels in Pattaya, Krabi, or Phuket for the holiday season, also want to participate. As champagne has become an essential drink for New Year celebrations, the question regarding alcohol consumption comes to mind. The government allowed serving alcoholic drinks during the New Year countdown but only open-air cafes and restaurants with good ventilation will be permitted to do this until 1 am on 1 January 2022. This rule is nationwide. Read this


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