KINGSTON, Jamaica - The signs something special was coming soon were unmistakeable here.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Today, dozens of Bankers Healthcare Group employees transformed their breakroom into an assembly line of school supplies as they worked in harmony to stuff 400 backpacks with notebooks, pencils and other supplies at their offices in Davie, Fla.

They did whatever needed doing. In the days after two Category 5 hurricanes slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands—first Hurricane Irma, which tore off roofs and busted windows; then, Hurricane Maria, which brought storm surge and weeks of heavy rain—the local nonprofit, My Brother’s Workshop, jumped into action, no task too small.

What is Junkanoo? Who performs it? When and where is it performed?

Junkanoo is the national festival of The Bahamas that was started by slaves who came to the Islands during the 16th century. Saying the word Junkanoo to most Bahamians gets their hearts beating faster and their breathing gets shorter and faster. It’s hard to express in words because it’s a feeling, a spirit that’s evoked within from the sound of a goatskin drum, a cowbell, or a bugle.

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