Published: 17-03-2010, 08:36


Jonkonnu in Jamaica

Jonkonnu in the Caribbean

Jonkonnu in the United States

At the beginning of the eighteenth century a new Christmas custom arose in the British West Indies. Called Jonkonnu, this Caribbean Christmas celebration blended African and English masquerade and mumming traditions. At one time Jonkonnu celebrations spread as far as the southern United States. The festival survives today in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Belize, St. Kitts-Nevis, Guyana, and Bermuda.