Revelers Revive African-American Holiday of Jonkonnu

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 16, 2005   View Article

For a few nights each December, revelers dressed in furs and rags lend a festive air to New Bern, North Carolina, as they celebrate the African- American holiday of Jonkonnu.

Jonkonnu is a festival with roots in Caribbean, West African, and English traditions, originally celebrated in the U.S. by African Americans in the 19th century.

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