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Barbados National Holidays


Barbados usually has a dozen public holidays, or Bank Holidays as they are referred to locally, each year.

In addition to scheduled events, Barbadians often celebrate these with a picnic or trip to one of the many beautiful beaches or parks that the island has to offer.

If a bank holiday falls on a Saturday, Barbadians are not given a holiday in lieu, however, if a bank holiday falls on a Sunday it is carried over to the Monday.

Barbados National Holidays


Heroes Day celebrates ten heroes that have played a major part in Barbados' history and development. Schools will often take part in the preparation of these celebrations.

Emancipation Day is celebrated in recognition of the abolition of slavery. One of the activities is a march through the streets towards the statue of Bussa on the ABC Highway.

Bussa is known as the leader of Barbados' longest slave revolt in 1816, what is now called the Bussa Rebellion.

This revolt was aimed at overthrowing the planters in order to gain freedom for the slaves of Barbados. Bussa is also one of the heroes acknowledged on Heroes Day.

Kadooment Day closely follows Emancipation Day.

This day is part of the Crop Over Festival where Barbadians celebrate the end of the sugar cane harvest.

The "Revellers" are divided into groups called bands each depicting a different theme, all with colourful and vibrant costumes.

The bands start their day at the National stadium where there are judged and the "jump-up", with much merriment and dancing continues through the streets to calypso music, ending on Spring Garden Highway.

Locals and visitors alike join in this celebration.

Independence Day is another public holiday which Barbadians celebrate with pride.

November 30th, 1966 marked the island's peacefully negotiated break from England, so peaceful that the island is still referred to as Little England.

The Christmas Season is also celebrated with many activities and events, so don't forget to check out the Barbados Events Calendar to see what is happening.

Barbados National Holidays 2014:

Wednesday January 1st, 2014 - New Year's Day
Tuesday January 21st, 2014 - Errol Barrow Day
Friday April 18th, 2014 - Good Friday
Monday April 21st, 2014 - Easter Monday
Monday April 28th, 2014 - Heroes Day
Thursday May 1st, 2014 - Labour Day
Monday June 9th, 2014 - Whit Monday
Friday August 1st, 2014 - Emancipation Day
Monday August 4th, 2014 - Kadooment Day
Monday December 1st, 2014 - Independence Day
Thursday December 25th, 2014 - Christmas Day
Friday December 26th, 2014 - Boxing Day

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