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Junkanoo

Line breaks: Jun¦ka|noo
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌŋkaˌnuː
 
, ˈdʒɒnkaˌnuː/

Definition of Junkanoo in English:

noun

(Chiefly in Jamaica, Belize, and the Bahamas) a masquerade held at Christmas, consisting of a street procession of characters in traditional costumes and dancing to drums, bells, and whistles.
Example sentences
  • Colorful costumes of all kinds can be seen at the annual Junkanoo festivals in Nassau and other locations.
  • Elle and Arki celebrated her brother Ben's birthday by releasing white balloons from the end of the dock into the sunset, to the sound of the local Junkanoo band.
  • Storr then describes the carnival of Junkanoo, which to him demonstrates the work ethic still alive in today's Bahamian culture.

Origin

probably from Ewe.

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