New Providence is a land of great music, dance and food. The festivals reflect the richness of a culture and brings back traditions that are rooted in the islands complex heritage.

In June and July, don't miss Junkanoo Summer Festival and on December 26th and January 1st the Junkanoo Winter Festival. This celebration of Bahamian music and dance, crafts and great food is based in traditional neighborhood of Arawak Cay having Woodes Rogers Wharf as a second venue.  Some of the events of the festival include a street parade, the Islands Family Tree Pavilion, where traditional Bahamian families are honored; the Island Pavilion, honoring a different island every week; theatre presentations by local companies, storytelling, traditional games; and Junkanoo every Friday and Saturday. The festival also hosts the Royal Ponciana Tea Party at the Government House on Sundays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Emancipation Day is widely celebrated in the islands. A Junkanoo Rush Out is the way to celebrate with sailing and regatta events.

The Changing of the Guard Ceremony is an on going event that takes the traveler to old times.  In the same fashion, the People to People Tea Party at the Governor's House gives the traveler a sense of the complexity of the marriage between Western and Bahamian cultures. It is a formal event that requires formal attire.  Be prepared to listen to some exquisite Bahamian music, great stories and enjoy a great tea with Bahamian cakes and a variety of finger foods.

For a complete schedule of events, check out www.NassauParadiseIsland.com,  www.Bahamas.com,  or  http://www.whatsonbahamas.com.