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January
01
New Year's Day
A national holiday is the first day of a New Year and a celebration of the same.

21
Errol Barrow Day
Errol Walton Barrow a National Hero was born in 1920 and died in 1987. He was the third Premier of Barbados and the leader of the Democratic Labour Party. Mr Barrow is the father of Independence and the first Prime Minister of Barbados as an Independent Nation.

Barbados Horticultural Society
Barbados Horticultural Society's garden programme and annual flower show. This is where local horticultural enthusiast display their gardens and a variety of exotic flowers.

Holetown Festival
The Festival commemorates the landing of the first settlers in Barbados at Holetown St. James in 1627. Highlights include street fairs, the Royal Barbados Police Band in Concert, a musical festival in the historic St. James Parish Church and a Queen Show.

February
14
Valentine's Day

17
Ash Wednesday

March
The Sandy Lane Gold Cup
The Sandy Lane Gold Cup. Barbados' major horse racing event of the year. The running of this prestigious event brings together top class horses from Barbados, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago. The venue for this nine-furlong invitational race is at the historic Garrison Savannah.

Holder's Opera Season
Holder's Opera Season. Founded in 1993 the Holder's season has already established itself as the premier cultural event in the Caribbean, acclaimed nationally and internationally, the Season is a unique celebration of opera, music and theatre.

April
02
Good Friday
A commemoration and remembrance of the crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

05
Easter Monday
A celebration of the triumphant rise of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Oistins Fish Festival
This festival celebrates the life and contributions made by this fishing town to the overall development of the island. The programme includes fishing, boat racing, fish boning competition, a coast guard exhibition, food stalls, arts and craft, dancing, singing and roadraces.

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National Heroes Day
A day where there is a celebration of the life of those Barbadians who have made a significant contribution to the country.

May
01
Labour Day
A national holiday a day where all workers celebrate.

09
Mother's Day
24
Whit Monday
A national holiday and a day where we celebrate the accession of Jesus into Heaven.

Gospel Fest
Gospel Fest is a spiritual celebration used by Barbadians for generations to express their African heritage through music. This cadre of songs is captured for three days in May when Local, caribbean and international gospel artistes come together for one of the most exciting concerts of its kind. The Gospelfest is a family event which features a myriad of attractions and back-to-back performances by a variety of gospel singers.

June
19
Father's Day

July
18 to Aug. 02
Crop Over Festival
The highlight of the summer is the Crop Over Festival an all island jubilation running from mid July to early August. Crop Over celebrates the completion of the sugar cane harvest. Competition "Tents" ring with the fierce battle of calypsonians for the coveted Calypso Monarch title award, and the air is redolent with the smell of Barbadian cooking during the massive Bridgetown Market street fair. Rich with the spirit of local culture. The Cohobblopot blends drama, dance and music with the crowning of the King and Queen of costume bands. An exciting evening is the Pic-o-de-Crop show when the King of Calypso is crowned. The climax of the festival is Kadooment Day a national holiday when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms and fireworks ignite the evening sky.

August
01
Emancipation Day
A national holiday a celebration of the abolition of slavery in the West Indies.

02
Kadooment Day
Is a Barbadian term referring to an important event. It has been adopted as the name of the final event of the annual Crop Over Festival and takes place on the first Monday in August. It also attracts the largest crowd for any event at one place in Barbados. Kadooment begins at 8:00 am with parades of masquerading bands passing before judges at the National Stadium and then dancing along the road to Spring Garden.

03
Emancipation Holiday

November
30
Independence Day
A national holiday and a day where all Barbadians celebrate independence from the mother country, England.

December
25
Christmas Day
A national holiday day when all Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, with church services and family gatherings.

26
Boxing Day
A national holiday where the celebration of our Lord's birth is continued by visiting friends and relatives to socialise.

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