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Holidays & Observances in Barbados

Barbados is a Caribbean island near Venezuela. The culture of Barbados combines British and African traditions. The island was owned by Britain for hundreds of years, and is now populated mainly by the descendants of freed slaves. Christianity is the most common religion, but strong communities of other religions exist across the island. For instance, Judaism has a long history on Barbados. The oldest synagogue in North America, the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, can be found in the capitol city of Barbados, Bridgetown. The thing Barbadians are probably most proud of is their music. Music features prominently in many of their holiday celebrations and festivals. There are a few world renowned festivals that take place in Barbados each year, the most famous of which is the Crop Over festival which originally celebrated the harvest, but now celebrates music and culture.

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Independence Day Barbados Public
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Errol Barrow Day Public
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
National Heroes Day Public
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Emancipation Day Public
Kadooment Day Public
Kadooment Day Public
Arbor Day - Barbados Noteworthy & Common