Bermuda, the British Overseas territory known for its stunning pink sand beaches and culture, celebrates Bermuda Day.
This annual celebration, held on the last Friday of May, is a colourful and spirited event that encapsulates the picturesque island’s rich history with colourful parades as crowds gather along the streets where they are treated to a lively spectacle of music, dance, and traditional costumes that pay homage to Bermuda’s African, Caribbean, and British influences.
Steeped in history and infused with a kaleidoscope of influences are performances of the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band, majorettes, drumlines, dance groups, music trucks and the very famous Gombeys which are more than mere performers; they are custodians of an ancient art form that weaves together rhythm, movement, and mystery.
Cherished by Bermuda’s cultural heritage, they wear elaborate, handcrafted costumes and masks while showcasing their unique choreography.
King Charles III conveyed a message to Premier David Burt and the people of Bermuda on the occasion of Bermuda Day 2023.
“I extend my warmest congratulations to your Premier, and the people of Bermuda as it marks its national day. I look forward to the continuing the warm friendship, and the strong and close partnership that we share, working together for prosperity, democracy and peace as we face these challenging times.
“As you, and the people of Bermuda celebrate today, my wife joins me in sending you our warmest good wishes for the year ahead.”