Holidays & Observances in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a Caribbean country made up of three separate islands, Antigua, Barbuda, and uninhabited Redonda. It gained its independence from England in 1981, and English remains the official language. The predominant religion is Christianity with Anglican being the most practiced branch. Many of the people currently living in Antigua and Barbuda are descendants of former slaves, and they still maintain much of their West Indian traditions. Holidays and festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm, and often last for weeks. For instance, Antiguans and Barbudans begin celebrating their independence day two weeks prior to the actual day (November 1st). Carnival is a religious holiday is most places, but in Antigua and Barbuda is celebrates the emancipation of slaves in Antigua and Barbuda and lasts for 10 days.