National Celebrations and Public Holidays

Secular & Non-Secular Celebrations/ Religious Celebrations & National Holidays in Barbados...

In the Caribbean, many National Holiday Celebrations are influenced by heritage and individual island customs, and Barbados' Public Holidays are no different.

Annually, Barbados celebrates twelve National Holidays, which are locally called Bank Holidays, and are usually celebrated with music, dance, food, as well as through art & craft and a range of festivals.

In Barbados, Bajans traditionally use Bank Holidays to meet up with family and friends, usually at picnics, excursions or house limes. Beaches and recreational parks are mostly the choice for picnics, while island excursions can be via the popular Bank Holiday Bus Rides & Scenic Tours, or for those with cars, an island tour is the norm, usually with stops to eat and drink at sights in the northern and eastern parts of the island.

One thing is for sure, and that is most locals, at some time during the day, will end up at Farley Hill Park, King George Park, Three Houses Park, but especially Barclays Park or along the East Coast Road.

No matter the location for the celebration, you are guaranteed an abundance of real Barbadian food and lots of alcohol.

In Barbados, whenever the official date for a Public Holiday falls on a Sunday, the actual Bank Holiday is automatically transferred to the following Monday.


Annual Public Holiday Dates in Barbados

1 - New Year's Day in Barbados - January 1st
2 - Errol Barrow Day - January 21st
3 - Good Friday - First weekend after the first full moon on or after March 21st
4 - Easter Monday - First weekend after the first full moon on or after March 21st
5 - Heroes Day - April 28th
6 - Labour Day/May Day - May 1st
7 - Whit Monday - Seven weeks after Easter Monday
8 - Emancipation Day - August 1st
9 - Kadooment Day (Carnival) - First Monday in August
10 - Independence Day in Barbados - November 30th
11 - Christmas Day in Barbados - December 25th
12 - Boxing Day - December 26th

View Barbados Bank Holiday Dates for this year...


- New Year's Eve (Old Year's Day/Night) in Barbados - December 31st
- Valentine's Day in Barbados - February 14th
- Holetown Festival - Ends the third weekend of February (8 days of events)
- St Patrick's Day - March 17th
- Easter Sunday - the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21st
- Oistins Fish Festival - Ends Easter weekend (9 days of events)
- Mother's Day in Barbados - Second Sunday in May
- Father's Day in Barbados - Third Sunday in June
- Crop Over Festival Season - July to August (pre-crop over events from May)
- Halloween in Barbados - October 31st

Below, we've listed the most popular National Celebrations in Barbados with activities, events and specials.

Christmas Day Celebrations Events & Specials Barbados Christmas Day in Barbados
Crop Over Carnival Holiday Packages & Specials Barbados Best guide to crop over specials and Carnival packages
Errol Barrow Day Celebrations Activities & Events Barbados Errol Barrow Day in Barbados
Halloween Celebrations Events & Specials Barbados Halloween in Barbados.
Holetown Festival 2017 Barbados An annual festival celebrating the discovery of Barbados
Independence Day Celebrations Events & Specials Barbados Independence Day in Barbados
Mother's Day Celebrations Events & Specials Barbados Mother's Day in Barbados
New Year's Eve Celebrations Events & Specials Barbados New Year's Eve/Old Year's Night and New Year's Day in Barbados.
NIFCA Barbados 2016  Barbados Barbados' Independence Festival of Creative Arts.
Oistins Fish Festival 2017 Barbados This cultural festival commemorates the signing of the Charter of Barbados
Valentine's Day Celebrations Events & Specials Barbados Valentine's Day in Barbados