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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.

Upcoming Popular Holidays

Country Observances

Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Emancipation Day Emancipation Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
August Monday / Carnival Monday Kadooment Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Emancipation Day Kadooment Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Independence Day Independence Day Barbados National, Federal, Bank, Public
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Birthday of a Leader Errol Barrow Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Heroes' Day National Heroes Day National, Federal, Bank, Public