Barbados Independence Day 2015

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Here are some facts about Barbados Independence Day 2015!

  1. Independence Day is celebrated on November 30th
  2. Independence Day is a national holiday in Barbados, hooray!
  3. 1966 marks the year Barbados achieved independence from the British, who had controlled Barbados as a colony since 1627.
  4. 1625 marks the year the first British landed in Barbados. They were sailors looking for water supplies for their voyage from South America to England.
  5. 1627 & 1628 marks the years when British settlers came to the island & took control. The natives were made slaves & along with slaves from Africa, the British used them to plant sugar cane.
  6. Several unsuccessful slave rebellions occurred during British rule & the number of African slaves brought into Barbados increased tremendously.
  7. In the 18th century, most of the population of Barbados was black, a contrast from the English and Scots-Irish predominance from the previous century.
  8. 1834 marks the year when slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire.
  9. 1930s marks the time when the descendants of slaves began fighting for equal rights within Barbados. The problem was exasperated as British farmers still maintained political control of the island.
  10. 1949 marks the year when control was seized from the British.
  11. 1958 marks the year when Sir Grantley Adams, founder of the Barbados Labour Party, became the first Premier of Barbados.
  12. 1958 also marks the year that Barbados became a self-governing colony of the British
  13. In 1958 Sir Grantley Adams also started negotiations for the country’s independence.
  14. 1966 is the year Independence was finally granted on November 30.
  15. 1966 is also the year Barbados became part of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  16. 1967 is the year Barbados was granted a seat at the United Nations & the Organization of American States.

Have you visited on the island to witness Barbados’ Independence Day traditions?

  1. Celebrations commence with an impressive parade & ceremony at the Garrison Savannah. The Garrison is situated near to the capital Bridgetown and very close to Hastings.
  2. For the entire month of November, Barbados offers sports, fairs, community events, and religious services dedicated to the theme of Independence.
  3. The Parliament Buildings are decorated with colors of blue and gold, and public buildings and businesses are adorned with the colors and flags of Barbados.
  4. Talented Barbadians join together on this day to display their talents in music, dance, drama, photography, and arts and crafts at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts.
  5. The exhibitions run throughout November, and a final gala is organized to present awards for outstanding Barbadian artists.

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