Christmas in Barbados is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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In Barbados, Christmas is celebrated like in most of the rest of the world. But Barbados also has a number of special traditions all its own.
First of all, food is central to all holiday celebrations in Barbados. For Christmas, a traditional dish is baked ham cured with cloves and smothered in a pineapple-sorrel glaze for the main dish. People may also feast on jug-jug, which consists of peas, cornmeal, herbs, and salty meat. And for dessert, “great cake”, made with fruits, nuts, spices, and tasty icing, is traditional.
Traditionally, most attend church either on Christmas Eve or Day, and everyone gets together with family for fellowship and food. Loud public Christmas music, lights on almost every building, and fashion shows in Queen’s Park in Bridgetown are also common elements of the season.