The first Monday of August in Montserrat is a public holiday called August Monday. Sometimes, it is also referred to as Emancipation Day since its basis is to commemorate the Abolition of Slavery in the British Empire on 1 August in the year 1833.
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Although the first day of August was the day when the Abolition Act went into effect in Montserrat and in other UK possessions, the holiday was moved to the first Monday of the month to create a three day weekend. In many Caribbean states, the first Monday of August is also the first day of the Carnival Season, but in Montserrat, Carnival comes in December instead.
On August Monday, many head to the beaches to sun themselves, swim, and participate in water sports. They may also conduct barbecues on the sand or at home, go out to eat, or visit museums or cultural exhibits to learn about the fall of slavery in Montserrat and beyond.
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