Customs and traditions
Barbados is the most British-influenced
country in the Caribbean. Among other things, this is
expressed in the fact that business relations take place
in a very well-organized manner, that national sports
cricket is extremely popular and that they spend a lot
of time and care in their gardens. Many believe that
British influence has contributed to the Barbadians
being somewhat more modern in their way of being than
people in the rest of the Caribbean.
At the same time, young people are strongly
influenced by the US and American culture in terms of
music, fashion etc. Outside the capital Bridgetown,
large American-style shopping malls have grown up.
Under the surface, Barbardo's is still a fairly
conservative society with strong roots in the
Afro-Caribbean tradition. Religion is important, men are
"macho" and few women have high positions in society.
Women's trafficking is a problem. Sexual contact between
people of the same sex is considered criminal and it
happens that LGBTQ people are discriminated against.
However, the authorities have actively advocated against
discrimination against people with HIV / AIDS.
Overview of the capital city of Barbados, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
The Afro-Caribbean influence is especially evident in
the rhythmic music (calypso, reggae, soca, rapso) and in
the many festivals, where Crop Over is the largest. It
lasts three weeks from mid-July with calypso contests,
fun times and more and ends on Kadooment Day (see below)
with carnival-like parades and fireworks. The food in
Barbados is Afro Caribbean embossed with fly fish or
fish cakes, often placed in a kind of " cutters
", cou-cou - a creamy mash of okra and
cornmeal, or conkies, a mixture of cornmeal,
coconut, pumpkin, sweet potato, raisins and spices - all
steamed in plane leaves. For the food, the beer Banks is
happy to drink. The national drink is otherwise rum,
where the Mount Gay brand is the foremost. Rome drinks
at rum shops, where the men like to gather and
play dominoes. Room shops can however be anything from
small bars to simple eateries or small shops with
In addition to weekends such as New Year, Easter,
Pentecost and Christmas, a number of other holidays are
celebrated in Barbados: Errol Barrows Day (January 21),
Heroes' Day (April 28), First May, Release Day (August
1), Kadooment Day (First Monday in August), UN Day
(first Monday in October) and Independence Day (November
Barbados is an important hub for air
transport to and from the eastern Caribbean. From
International Airport, there are flight
connections to both North America and Europe as well as
to most Caribbean islands and to destinations in South
The road network is well developed, although the
roads are often narrow. Most roads are paved. The number
of cars has increased sharply in the 2000s, causing
traffic jams and road wear. Public transport is largely
handled by minibuses. Railway does not exist.
The Bridgetown deep sea port has terminals for both
freight and cruise ships.