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August Eve (night)

[from earlier celebration on the eve of August 1] n. a holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas on August I, 1834: 1895 On great occasions, as 'Augus'eve' night", the celebration of the emancipation of African slaves on British soil (Edwards 18). After an all-night church service on August Eve, people would go home at sunrise, freshen up, and then return to a hall for feasting and dancing (Mayag.). cf. AUGUST MONDAY

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Last update: 2011-12-29 15:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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