30 Nov, 2021
On November 30th, 1966 Barbados became fully independent from Great Britain. Barbados was the fourth English-speaking nation in the West Indies to achieve full independence from Britain.
From the very first day of November, Barbadians all around the world are dressed in blue, yellow and black. Barbados flags can be seen virtually everywhere.
The lighting ceremony is the start of the month-long festivities. It is held on November 1st, in Independence Square, Bridgetown. As the name suggests, blue, yellow and black light bulbs (similar to Christmas lights) are used to decorate government buildings and historic parliament buildings in the city. The lights remain on every night through the month of November and through the Christmas season.
During the month Barbadian delicacies like conkies, sugar cakes, cassava pone etc are enjoyed along with more savoury dishes such as Cou Cou and Flying Fish (Barbados’ National Dish), pudding and souse and rice ‘n’ peas.
The Independence Day Parade is held on November 30th and is the highlight of the season. It used to be held at The Garrison Savannah where the very first Independence ceremony was held, but recently it has been moved to Kensington Oval. The parade features the Barbados Boy Scout Association, Barbados Girl Guides, Royal Barbados Police Force and all Military Units.