Hi guys, I know some of you were expecting to see two posts this past weekend. However due to some unforeseen circumstances, that wasn’t possible. However I’m learning not to beat myself up over not posting. Especially when it’s out of my control. But I’m here today and strong with it. Today’s post is about something personal to me, Christmas in Barbados. If you’d like to know how we celebrate Christmas in the Gem of The Caribbean Sea, read more.
Some of you guys know that I live in Barbados, and some who are reading this never heard of the country before in their life. So here’s a little information on my home. Brbados is a small island, located in the Caribbean. We’re just above Trinidad and Tobago, but slightly to the east. The country was colonized by the british until 1961 and became independent in 1966. Thus meaning we are in our 50th year of Independence. Amazing isn’t it? The country still has some aspects of the British still in our culture. So much so we’re called Little England. Still, we have our own culture and way of celebrating Christmas.
Christmas in Barbados
Honestly, like many other countries, this time of the year is so busy and hectic. While it’s normal for stores to be closed on Sunday, many of them are open till the evening during December. You also have more tourists from North America and Europe on the island too. Because who wouldn’t want to have a little summer during the winter season. So it really does add to number of people I see on the streets.
Nonetheless, there’s many highlights to this season for Bajans. For the young adults, there’s a lot of events than back in the day. So you can even go out and party on Christmas Eve. For the children, there’s more delightful than the lights and decorations. Our roundabouts are made to match the holiday theme and some homes are brightly lit with all the Christmas colors of the rainbow. Some places even mix Christmas with Barbados and decorate with our national colors.
One major aspect of Christmas in Barbados that many dread is the cleaning. And lemme tell you, it’s not your average sweep and dust. I’m talking changing curtains and carpets; and polishing ornaments. This activity can take a whole day and you’d feel drained at the end of it. Every family has their reason for doing it. My mom’s reasoning was based on religion, believe it or now.
Still for many, Christmas in Barbados is still about friends and family. So while there are events, people are holding their private house parties. On Christmas morning, some Bajans will make their way to their respective churches. While others are heading to Queen’s Park, located in Bridgetown, our capital. Queen Park is amazing during this time of year, though I’ve never been. People in Barbados love to dress up for events and they shine here. People go above and beyond to dress in their finest outfits. There’s usually a service to go along with the gathering. You can watch a lovely performance by our national police band, and other local artists. After that service, they head on home to have lunch with the family.
So let’s get into Christmas lunch. Honestly my favorite part of Christmas day. The staples for many local families are the great cake, baked ham and Jug Jug (influenced by the Scottish haggis). Of these three, I love the great cake, which is also know as black cake. It is to die for, honestly. Great cake is made using clove, cinnamon, dried fruits (think currants, raisins and prunes), and the main ingredient: alcohol. The alcohol can be either rum, port wine or falernum. I love it and it’s the first thing that comes to mind when I hear ‘Christmas’. It’s such a moist cake, and I definitely recommend it to you to try this season. Also with this cake, it’s not unusual for children to eat it, but I recommend small portions.
So that’s it you guys, Christmas in Barbados. Definitely tell me what you think about it down in the comment section below. And share with me what Christmas is like in your own country. I’d love to hear all about it.