Saturday, September 18, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Antigua and Barbuda

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The national carnival, held every August, commemorates the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies, although on some islands the carnival may celebrate the arrival of Lent. Its festive shows, pageants and other activities are a major tourist attraction.

Public Holidays in Antigua and Barbuda

DateEnglish nameComments
1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
March-April VariableGood Friday
March-April VariableEaster Monday
First Monday in MayLabour DayCharacterised by songs, dances and free transport to the festival sites.
May 16Whit Monday
1 AugustCarnival – J’Ouvert Tomorrow
2 AugustCarnival – Last Round
1 NovemberIndependence DayOften combined with a fashion show
9 DecemberNational Heroes’ DayCommemoration through speeches and family
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberBoxing Day
27 DecemberChristmas Tribute Day