Public Holidays in Barbados

Barbados, a beautiful island nation in the Caribbean, boasts a rich cultural heritage and celebrates a variety of public holidays that reflect its history, traditions, and national pride. Below is a list of public holidays in Barbados:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st): Just like in many countries around the world, Barbadians celebrate the beginning of the new year with festivities, parties, and gatherings.
  • Errol Barrow Day (January 21st): This holiday honors Errol Walton Barrow, Barbados' first Prime Minister and a National Hero. Barbadians remember his contributions to the nation, especially in achieving independence from British colonial rule.
  • Good Friday (date varies): As a predominantly Christian nation, Barbados observes Good Friday, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a day of reflection, church services, and quiet contemplation.
  • Easter Monday (date varies): Easter Monday follows Good Friday and is a time for family gatherings, picnics, and various outdoor activities. It marks the end of the Easter weekend.
  • National Heroes Day (April 28th): This holiday pays tribute to Barbados' ten National Heroes, including Sir Grantley Adams and Samuel Jackman Prescod. The day features ceremonies and activities that honor their contributions to the nation.
  • Labour Day (May 1st): Much like in other countries, Labour Day celebrates the contributions of workers and labor movements. It is a time for relaxation, family outings, and community events.
  • Whit Monday (date varies): Also known as Pentecost Monday, this Christian holiday is marked by religious services and gatherings, often with a focus on the Holy Spirit's descent upon the apostles.
  • Emancipation Day (August 1st): Emancipation Day commemorates the end of slavery in the British Empire in 1834. It is a day to reflect on the legacy of slavery and the journey toward freedom.
  • Kadooment Day (first Monday in August): The climax of the Crop Over Festival, Kadooment Day is a lively and colorful celebration featuring costumed bands, music, and dancing. It marks the end of the sugar cane harvest season.
  • Independence Day (November 30th): Barbados celebrates its independence from British colonial rule on this day in 1966. The nation commemorates its sovereignty with parades, cultural events, and patriotic displays.
  • Christmas Day (December 25th): Christmas in Barbados is a festive and family-oriented celebration. It includes church services, festive meals, and the exchange of gifts.
  • Boxing Day (December 26th): Boxing Day is a continuation of the Christmas celebrations, with family gatherings, outings, and festive events.

These public holidays in Barbados offer a glimpse into the nation's diverse cultural heritage, its journey to independence, and the significance of Christianity in the lives of its people. From honoring National Heroes to celebrating the end of slavery and embracing the vibrant spirit of Crop Over, these holidays hold a special place in the hearts of Barbadians and play a vital role in preserving the country's traditions and identity.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Emancipation Day August 01 Thursday Public Holiday
Kadooment Day August 05 Monday Public Holiday
Independence Day November 30 Saturday Public Holiday
Christmas Day December 25 Wednesday Public Holiday
Boxing Day December 26 Thursday Public Holiday
New Year’s Day January 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
Errol Barrow Day January 21 Tuesday Public Holiday

Holidays by Year

Previous Year: 2023
This page was last edited on 15 October 2023 at 08:11 AM (EST).