Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands which including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda. The permanent population numbers approximately 81,800 (at the 2011 Census) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John’s, on Antigua.
The country is nicknamed “Land of 365 Beaches” due to the many beaches surrounding the islands. Its governance, language, and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.
Christmas Celebrations in Antigua and Barbuda :
74% of Antiguans are Christians, with the Anglican denomination nearly 44% being the largest. Other Christian denominations present are Baptists, Presbyterians and Catholics. Non-Christian religions practiced in the islands include the Rastafari Movement, Islam, Judaism and the Bahá’í Faith.
Therefore the scale of Christmas celebration is not much high but, Antigua and Barbuda offer many of the familiar UK traditions, such as Christmas carollers and homemade Christmas pudding, but with the benefit of an idyllic warm and sunny setting and some attractive Antiguan customs, including barbeques on the beach, live steel band music, and the delicious Caribbean sorrrel fruit drink. Antigua hosts various Boxing Day fetes, when the whole island emanates a party spirit to celebrate the festive season.
Beautiful Blue Waters, located in the north of Antigua beside two secluded beaches, offers a selection of special events over the festive period. On Christmas Day the manager of Blue Waters hosts a spectacular Christmas dinner for all the guests at the hotel, including succulent turkey with all trimmings, fruity Christmas pudding, and a selection of other dishes for those wanting something a little different. Arriving by boat, Father Christmas himself visits the hotel with a sack full of gifts for the children.
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