Holidays in Barbados 2026

There are 12 public holidays in Barbados in 2026, two of which fall on weekend days.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1, 2026, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.

Errol Barrow Day
The holiday is observed on January 21, 2026, and it commemorates the birthday of Errol Barrow, the first Prime Minister of Barbados. In 1998, he was declared Barbados' National Hero.

Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, April 03, 2026.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and it falls on April 06, 2026.

National Heroes' Day
The holiday is observed on April 28, 2026, and honors the most prominent figures in Barbados' history who made significant contributions to the country.

Labour Day
Labour Day is celebrated on May 1, 2026 celebrating the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Whit Monday
Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday, is a religious festival Christians celebrate. It falls on the day after Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter Sunday. In 2026, the holiday falls on May 25.

Emancipation Day
Emancipation Day is observed on August 1, 2026 and it commemorates the date when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into force, and slavery was abolished in Barbados on August 1, 1834.

Kadooment Day
Kadooment Day is observed on August 3, 2026, and marks the end of the Crop Over, the traditional harvest festival in Barbados that lasts six weeks.

Independence Day
Independence Day is a public holiday in Barbados, observed on November 30, 2026. The holiday commemorates when Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2026, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is a holiday for sharing, and people exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day and is widely known as a shopping holiday in some countries. It falls on December 26, 2026.

The following is the list of public holidays in Barbados 2026.

New Year's DayJan 01, 2026ThursdayPublic Holiday
Errol Barrow DayJan 21, 2026WednesdayPublic Holiday
Good FridayApr 03, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Easter MondayApr 06, 2026MondayPublic Holiday
National Heroes' DayApr 28, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 01, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Whit MondayMay 25, 2026MondayPublic Holiday
Emancipation DayAug 01, 2026SaturdayPublic Holiday
Kadooment DayAug 03, 2026MondayPublic Holiday
Independence DayNov 30, 2026MondayPublic Holiday
Christmas DayDec 25, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Boxing DayDec 26, 2026SaturdayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Barbados in 2026.

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