Barbados Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 km in width, covering an area of 432 km2
  • Most Barbadians of African and European descent are Christians (95%), the largest denomination being Anglican (40%)
  • Other religions in Barbados include Hinduism, Islam, Bahá’í, Judaism and Wicca
  • English is the official language of Barbados, and is used for communications, administration, and public services all over the island
  • If the date of a bank holiday falls on a Sunday, it is generally moved to the following day


1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year's Day - Public Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
21 JanSatErrol Barrow Day - Birthday of the former Prime Minister of Barbados, the former Prime Minister, who helped lead his country to independence from the United Kingdom
14 AprFriGood Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday. Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary
17 MarMonEaster Monday - Monday after Easter Sunday. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
28 AprFriNational Heroes Day - Order of National Heroes Act was passed by the Parliament of Barbados on 28 April 1998. This is to celebrates 10 key people in the history of Barbados
1 MayMonMay Day (International Workers Day) - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
5 JuneMonWhitmonday - 7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday. Commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ
1 AugTueEmancipation Day - Marks the slavery in the British Empire ended on 1 August 1834. If 1 August falls on first Monday in August, then this holiday move to 2 August to accommodate Kadooment Day
7 AugMonKadooment Day - Is the culmination of the Crop Over Festival Season. 1st Monday in August
30 NovThursIndependence Day - The anniversary of Barbadian national independence from the United Kingdom in 1966
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day - Celebrated on 26th December

1 JanWedNew Year's Day
21 JanTueErrol Barrow Day
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
28 AprMonNational Heroes Day
1 MayThursLabour Day
9 JunMonWhitmonday
1 AugFriEmancipation Day
4 AugMonKadooment Day
1 DecMonIndependence Day
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriBoxing Day

1 JanThursNew Year's Day
21 JanWedErrol Barrow Day
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
28 AprTueNational Heroes Day
1 MayFriLabour Day
25 MayMonWhitmonday
1 AugSatEmancipation Day
3 AugMonKadooment Day
30 NovMonIndependence Day
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatBoxing Day

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
21 JanThursErrol Barrow Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
28 AprThursNational Heroes Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
16 MayMonWhitmonday
1 AugMonEmancipation Day
2 AugTueKadooment Day
30 NovWedIndependence Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
22 JanMonErrol Barrow Day (Birthday of the former Prime Minister of Barbados)
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
28 AprSatNational Heroes Day (Celebrates 10 key people in the history of Barbados)
1 MayTueMay Day (International Workers Day)
21 MayMonWhitmonday (7th Monday after Easter. Also known as Pentecost Monday)
1 AugWedEmancipation Day (Slavery in the British Empire ended on 1 August 1834)
6 AugMonKadooment Day (1st Monday in August)
30 NovFriIndependence Day (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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