"The Unique Culture Of Barbados"
Barbados culture is very dynamic and
that of the culture of its neighboring Caribbean islands.
due to the culture in Barbados steming from a merging of the British
and West African culture of the this tiny island's history.
notable of these influences, as a former colony of Britian, is our
British history. The influence of Britain on the island is
widespread and has lead to the island commonly being referred to as "Little England".
This influence can be seen in the island's
structure, traffic rules, sports and religious beliefs.
once slavery was abolished and the country gained independence
from England in 1966, the island's population became
descendants of the West African slaves that worked
plantations of former British land owners. The influence of
African slaves on the culture of Barbados can be heard in the Barbadian
language, music, dance and arts.
Let's look at some aspects of the Barbados culture...
Government of Barbados
The English have had the
greatest influence on the way this
governed and therefore the structure of the Barbados
government is comparable to that of Britain.
run as a democracy with Her Majesty Queen Elizabth II, The Queen of Barbados,
as the Head
There is then an appointed Governor General and
general election a Prime
voted into power as leader of this government.
more about the Barbados government
as we are commonly refered to, are
very friendly, pleasant
and polite people. Many
credit this to our polite and
There is therefore no hostility
between the locals
and visitors. Tourism is a vital aspect of this island's economy and
Barbados culture. We
welcome you with arms wide open!
Learn more about Barbados people
population of roughly 280,000
and an area of 431 km², Barbados is one of the most densely populated
islands in the Caribbean. Yet we have high life
expectancy and literacy rate of 99.7%!
more about the Barbados Population
Jobs in Barbados
Have you ever
wondered what some of the jobs in Barbados
are that might not be common to your hometown?
Well the history and culture of
Barbados has lead to some rather unique jobs on this island.
more about unique jobs in Barbados
If you are from North America,
when you first visit Barbados you will
quickly realise that we drive on the left
side of the road like the English do, as opposed to the
side of the road. You will also notice that at many
and intersections where you would normally find traffic lights, they
are replaced by what are known as roundabouts.
Sports of Barbados
The sports culture of
Barbados is also
influenced by England. The sport of Cricket is a team
sport played with
a bat and ball and is the
sport of England.
Cricket was first introduced to this
the early 19th Century, by English settlers, and has grown to be come
most popular and loved sport on the island today.
produced some of the Caribbean's greatest cricket players,
including the great Sir Garfield Sobers.
Another sport that is played on the
has been passed on from our British heritage is the game of Field
Hockey. Field hockey is a team sport played with a ball
hockey sticks. The is used to either pass the ball to another
or shoot the ball in the opposing teams net.
more about Barbados Sports
Most Barbadians are followers
consisting of more than 70% of the population, with the majority being
followers of the Anglican
denomination. Christianity was first
introduced to the island by the British in the 17th Century and has has
a huge impact on Barbados culture.
Barbadians have a strong
love for God and are very particular about attending mass every
week. It is very common to see families walking to church
a Sunday morning, dressed in colourful church dresses.
Morning assembly at schools is also a common occurrence
school children gather in the school's hall to pray and sing hyms
the start of the school day.
Most people worship on a Sunday
morning using the remainder of the day to spend time with their
families and spend time relaxing at the beach.
more about Barbados religion
is the most widely spoken language across the island. However a large
percentage of Bajans speak a dialect
form of the English language adopted from our West African slave
ancestors mixed with traditional British English. This
dialect is often referred to as speaking "Bajan Creole or Patoi".
Nonetheless you will have no difficulty communicating with people in
Barbados and enjoying Barbados culture.
economy of Barbados has change greatly from the introduction of the
sugar cane industry in the early 1600s by British settlers to
rapid growth of tourism today. Since the decline of
the sugar industry tourism
has become the island's top earner. This means that more
and more visitors are becoming immersed in Barbados culture every year.
Currently the top 3
industries fueling our economy are tourism, sugar and light
more about the Barbados economy
music of Barbados has developed from the best of the African, Caribbean
English music of our past and present inhabitants. The two
forms of Barbados music that can still be heard at many of our music
festivals are Spouge and Tuk, and encapsulate
the essence of Barbados culture. Throughout the
island today you will also hear our versions of Caribbean calypso and
The most popular Barbados music festivals include The Annual Barbados Jazz Festival
held in January, The
Barbados Reggae Festival in April and Kadooment Day held
during the Crop Over Festival in
more about Barbados music
Plantations and Our Sugar Culture
The island has many large
houses called "Plantation
Houses" that play a vital role in our sugar culture. These
houses were once the homes of white British slave owners, who
cultivated sugar throughout the island. Sugar cane was used
make sugar, rum and molasses and much of this sugar was exported back
to Britain for sale.
Slavery has since been abolished and these
homes have now become significant landmarks that remind of
history and how far we have come today.
more about Barbados Sugar, Sugar Plantations and Sugar Cane