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Antigua and Barbuda

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.

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
National Heroes Day Public
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public
Boxing Day Public
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Years Eve Popular & Widely Observed
New Year's Day Public
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Public, Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Carnival Monday - J'ouvert Public
Carnival Monday - J'ouvert Public
Carnival Tuesday - Last Lap Public
Carnival Tuesday - Last Lap Public
Independence Day in Antigua and Barbuda Public