April 13, 2017
Members of the Save Our Bahamas group yesterday called for the government and the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) to cancel its carnival kick-off event tonight in honor of Holy Week.
The BNFC is set to host a block party to be held at 6 p.m. at Pompey Square.
"Holy Week is one of the most, and perhaps for some, the most scared observance for the Christian church due to the number of significant holy days celebrated in one week, starting with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday," said Bahamas Harvest Church Pastor Mario Moxey, during a press conference at Grace Community Church.
"On this basis, we publicly appeal to the moral sensibilities of the government and the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) to cancel the carnival kick-off festivities planned for tomorrow, Maundy Thursday.
"As national leaders, whether we are church leaders, government leaders, civic leaders or business leaders, we all have a corporate responsibility to preserve that which has been entrusted to us by guiding and shaping the moral narrative of our country.
"We should have the courage to teach those among us the importance of preserving and maintaining all that is sacred.
"This is not solely the responsibility of church leaders.
"This is all our responsibility.
"Let us as people respect the holy days and religious customs of our island nation to preserve our values for generations to come."
The BNFC previously postponed its carnival dates from May 4-6 to May 18-20.
However, after widespread backlash from local and international carnival enthusiasts, the dates were reinstated to the original dates.
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has come under heavy criticism from the church as having an impact on the "moral fiber" of the country.
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News date : 04/13/2017 Category : Nassau Guardian Stories