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Bahamas

The Bahamas Coat of Arms

The Bahamas' coat of arms is a composition of things indigenous to these islands. The Coat of Arms, or crest, which features a conch shell, palm fronds, the Santa Maria of Christopher Columbus, ocean waves, a splendid shining sun, a flamingo, and a blue marlin is pictured above.

The crest of the arms, a light pink conch shell, symbolizes the marine life of The Bahamas. The top of the crest is composed of wavy green palm fronds, symbolic of the natural vegetation. The Santa Maria, flagship of Christopher Columbus, appears on the shield of the coat of arms and deep blue waves of blue symbolize the waters of The Bahamas.  The shield is charged with a resplendent or radiant sun to signify the world-famous balmy resort climate, and it also connotes the bright future of these islands. The national bird and fish,  a flamingo and a silvery blue marlin support the shield. The motto: "Forward Upward Onward Together" heralds to the direction and manner in which the Bahamian nation should move is draped across the base of the coat of arms.

The Bahamian artist Hervis Bain prepared the preliminary design of the coat of arms. The national motto was created by two 11-year-old schoolchildren – Vivian F. Moultrie of Inagua Public School and Melvern B. Bowe of the Government High School in Nassau.

 

The Flamingo is the National Bird of the Bahamas

The Blue Marlin is the National fish of the Bahamas

Yellow Elder is the national flower of the Bahamas

Lignun Vitae is the national tree of the Bahamas.

The tree of life is also the national tree of the Bahamas. This hard-wood, slow-growing tree is one that the early inhabitants of the Caribbean put to many good uses.  A climax species of dry coastal forests, it makes a tremendous specimen tree. 

Coloful seed pod of Lignum Vitae

Flower of the tree of life

The flag of the Bahamas

The colors of the Bahamian flag are black, gold and aquamarine. The black represents the Bahamian people, the gold represents the sun and aquamarine the sea.

Junkanoo

Junkanoo is a street parade with music, which occurs in many towns across The Bahamas every Boxing Day, New Year's Dayand other holidays.  Towns compete against one another for best theme, music and overall.  Teams rush and are judged on dancing customes and music.  Junior Junkanoo is a favorite.

Kalik the beer of the Bahamas

Named after the sound of the cowbells used in Junkanoo.