Public Holiday

Emancipation Day is a National Bank Holiday on the first of August. This holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in Barbados. Barbados became an English colony in the mid-seventeenth century. The island became the main producer of sugar cane and many enslaved persons were brought from Africa to work on the sugar plantations. Even though slave trade was eradicated in 1807, slavery continued until 1833. There were only a few minor revolts in Barbados, until 1816 when the largest, most substantial slave rebellion occurred, involving 20,000 slaves from various plantations.  

On National holidays, most businesses are closed with the exception of restaurants and hotels. All schools, Government institutions, banks and supermarkets are closed.

03 Aug, 2020

Kadooment Day is the finale event for the Crop Over Festival, on the first Monday in August.

Kadooment Day 2020 will be on August 3rd.

This Year ( 2020)  no Festival will occur on that day. The jouvert of masquerade bands in costumes of all colours starts at the National Stadium and is possibly the main attraction of the entire festival. 


30 Nov, 2020

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 savory 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.