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Barbados : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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    Wednesday November 30, 2022Independence DayNational Day
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    Monday December 26, 2022Boxing DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday December 27, 2022Christmas Day (forwarded to Tuesday)Catholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Tuesday January 10, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday January 19, 2023Barbados Sailing WeekSports events
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    Saturday January 21, 2023Errol Barrow DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday February 20, 2023Carnival holiday (end)School holidays
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    Wednesday February 22, 2023Carnival holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday April 5, 2023Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday April 25, 2023Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday April 28, 2023National Heroes DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labour DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday May 17, 2023Ascension holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday May 22, 2023Ascension holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday May 26, 2023School holidaySchool holidays
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    Friday May 26, 2023Pentecost holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday May 29, 2023Whit MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday May 30, 2023Pentecost holiday (end)School holidays
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    Independence Day

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    Wednesday November 30, 2022
    Secular holiday : After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados National Flag, and playing of the National Anthem, for the first time. http://barbados.org/indepen.htm

    Boxing Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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    Christmas Day (forwarded to Tuesday)

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    Tuesday December 27, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Due to historical reasons, Christmas this year is celebrated AFTER Boxing day

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Tuesday January 10, 2023
    School holidays : Www.mes.gov.bb
    calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    PISA ranking (average 493): not listed
    Schooling is mandatory till age 15
    no school on Saturday
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Oct 2025

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
    Contact [email protected] to get the full calendar for Barbados or one file containing confirmed calendars of 550 countries and regions.

    Barbados Sailing Week

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    Thursday January 19, 2023
    Sports events : Http://www.ondecksailing.com/ 2023 edition confirmed

    Errol Barrow Day

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    Saturday January 21, 2023
    Secular holiday : In 1966 Barbados gained independence from Britain under the leadership of Errol Barrow of the Democratic Labour Party. Barrow served as prime minister from 1966-1976 and from 1986 to 1987, when he died in office. He has been honoured by the granting of a public holiday Nor a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Carnival holiday (end)

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    Monday February 20, 2023
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    Carnival holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday February 22, 2023
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    Easter holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday April 5, 2023
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    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Easter holiday (end)

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    Tuesday April 25, 2023
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    National Heroes Day

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    Friday April 28, 2023
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the 10 Patriots who have made a mark on Barbados. A slave rebellion leader, a woman preaching equality in the church, a skilled writer and orator, a political activist, populist leader, public educator, a trade union leader, the complete athlete,the Father of Independence and the founder of Barbados Democracy. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday Celebrations take place in Heroes Square, where their pictures have been painted by the best Barbadian artists

    Labour Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Ascension holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday May 17, 2023
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    Ascension holiday (end)

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    Monday May 22, 2023
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    School holiday

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    Friday May 26, 2023
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    Pentecost holiday (beginning)

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    Friday May 26, 2023
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    Whit Monday

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    Monday May 29, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry.

    Pentecost holiday (end)

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    Tuesday May 30, 2023
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