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Antigua and Barbuda

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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.

Upcoming Popular Holidays

Country Observances

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