Barbados is a sovereign island country which is located in the Lesser Antilles. It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. The location of Barbados is near to the east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and north-east of Trinidad and Tobago.
Christmas Celebrations in Barbados :
Till 1966, Barbados was a British colony and hence there is still a very strong English influence on the island and because of this Christmas is celebrated here with great enthusiasm.
Barbados is a beautiful tropical island all year round but is an extra special place during Christmas days when the temperature is a minimum of 25 (celsius) degrees.
Barbados is a very festive country when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Generally the nation of Barbados is very community focused and at this time of year everyone gathers at their local church for special services to remember the birth of Christ. A very popular service attended by a lot of Barbadians and visitors is the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service. This is a very moving service as everyone gathers for a few hours to sing all the traditional Christmas Carols with lighted candles in hand.
Christmas is a wonderful time to take your Barbados holidays as traditional festive parades with trucks dressed-up in lights and Christmas decorations line the street in Bridgetown and around the city. Hundreds of Barbadians lined the route, especially little children, to watch the parade and to be greeted by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and their favorite cartoon characters – some of whom dispense a few treats along the way. Some trucks featured choirs singing Christmas carols while others played recorded songs of the season. A number of concerts featuring Christmas carols are held across Barbados and the music of the season can be heard on every radio station.
Christmas is a very hectic time of year as people rush around doing Christmas shopping, groceries, writing cards and attending parties to celebrate with your friends. During Christmas almost all the goods available in the market are duty free. Barbadians love nothing more than to decorate their homes with Christmas paraphernalia. From the tiny chattel house through to Sandy Lane mansions, no expense is spared when it comes to celebrating Christmas.
A traditional Barbadian Christmas dinner will include roast turkey and a honey glazed picnic ham served with golden applesauce, Bajan stuffing, sweet potato pie, rice and peas, jug jug and vegetables. One can find the traditional Christmas puddings covered in rum sauce selling at the supermarkets.
There is always something to see, do and take part in at Christmas time in Barbados with a variety of music and dining events and even a market on Christmas Day. One who likes thoroughbred horse racing then On Boxing Day 26th and 27th Dec it is also traditional sees the Third Diamonds International / Mont Blanc Challenge at the Garrison Savannah. Another great attraction for the nation is the school plays that are staged at this time, in particular St. Winifred’s School is well known for putting on the most professional production.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year !!!