|The island of Bermuda was discovered by Juan de Bermudez, a Spanish captain; hence the name of the island. It was later colonized by the British in 1612 when Richard Moore along with a crew of sixty people built a settlement called New London – now called St. George. In fact, St. George, Bermuda is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the Western Hemisphere. Bermudian culture is heavily influenced by the British, almost many are now adapting to the American way of life. Some things, though, remain unchanged. Here are four Bermudian traditions you didn’t know existed:
- Bermuda sends a bouquet made from Easter Lilies every year to the Queen of England on her birthday:
In return, she writes to them thanking the people for their gesture. Before the tourism boom hit Bermuda, Easter Lilies were widely cultivated and exported to countries across the world. The trade isn’t as popular as it was earlier, but Easter Lilies continue to remain a local favorite.
- St. Peter’s Church is the oldest Anglican church in continuous operation:
The fortifications, batteries, and magazines in and around St. George, Bermuda are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 400 year old settlement has some unique colonial architecture, including the St. Peter’s Church, the Gates Fort, and Alexandra’s Battery. St. Peter’s Church was first built in 1612, but later extended to include the current tower and wings. It is also the third oldest parliament in the world. Dale Dunlop’s article explains some of the architectural marvels of the place.
- The Gombey is a street dance-music show you shouldn’t miss:
Traditionally played during Boxing Day and the New Year’s Day, the Bermudian Gombey is an iconic nod to the island’s indigenous, Caribbean, and African cultures. Male dancers perform the Gombey in groups of 10 -30 wearing a mask and clothes decorated with bright colors. The dance begins with slow rhythmic movements quickly picks up pace and culminates into a frenzy.
- Good Friday is also Kite Flying Day in Bermuda:
Yes, Bermudians fly kites on Good Friday! Some people believe that a Bermudian teacher who couldn’t explain Christ’s ascension into heaven, used a kite decorated with Jesus’ image. This concept caught on; today people fly homemade kites using wood, stripped bamboo sticks, and colorful paper tissues. If you are in Bermuda during Good Friday, don’t forget to visit the Kite Festival organized at the Horseshoe Bay Beach; entry to the festival is free.
Author Bio : The Author loves Bermuda. He has traveled extensively across the island territory and is intrigued by the colonial architecture of some of its places like St. George Bermuda. Visit http://themaritimeexplorer.ca/2014/12/28/st-george-bermuda/