Barbados culture captures The
Island's Rich Heritage
Barbados culture rich and
diversified... One of the things that make vacationing in
exotic locations such an intriguing experience is the
culture and heritage of the people. Vacationing in
Barbados is no different.
The rich heritage that forms the backbone of Barbados
culture has evolved over the years from the islands
There were two main influences
that fashion Barbados culture, as we know it... these
influences were the settlement of the island by the
British almost 400 years ago. And the subsequent
importation of West Africans to work as slave labour on
the sugar plantations.
These two factors have left
their mark on every aspect of the Barbadian cultural
landscape and have created a unique identity for the
island, especially in the areas of dance, music, craft and
Here is a look at Barbados
Barbados has a rich culture that was handed down
from island’s colourful past... the island’s festivals
highlights many of these peculiar cultural
characteristics through its military history, its folk
parades, street carnivals, village characters and
So if you would like to learn more about the folklore
and fanfare associated with Barbados
festivals click here.
Music of the Sun... that’s how Barbados most
popular and successful pop star Rhianna named her
debut album. Most fans would agree that the young
pop star had capture the essence of Barbados
But long before Rhianna’s meteoric rise on the
world’s music charts the infectious beat of the
islands music was the highlight for many visitors to
Over the years the island has develop into one of
the most fascinating music cultures in the world.
Barbados Culture Language
Over the years Barbados has been widely referred
to as being little England so naturally our
official language is English... but you’ll also
find that most Barbadians also speak the nation
language called Bajan.
This is an expressive and colourful local dialect
use to share many of the favourite proverbs and
phrases peculiar to Barbadian culture.
Many of these colourful phrases often uttered in a
rhythmic singsong has been passed down from
generation to generation and has formed an
integral part of our Bajan culture. Here is a list
of some of the most colourful pieces of Bajan
sayings and their meaning.
Most cultures have folklore and legends
associated with them... Barbados is no different
over the years a number of colourful characters
and scary intriguing stories have been passed
down through generations. Characters like Ossie
Moore, Gear Box and King Dyal and stories like
the legend of the Chase Vault or about Duppies,
Baccoos and Steel Donkeys have all become
ingrained in our folklore....
Barbados food is spicy and flavourful so
whether you’re having lunch, dinner or a mid
afternoon snack you will find a mouth-watering
variety of Barbadian fare cook with typical
Bajan flair. The island has a diverse culinary
offering that has been influence by the
African, European, Asian and Indian cultures
that has call Barbados home over the
Among these are many delicacies like Black
Pudding and Souse, fish cakes and Cou Cou and
Flying Fish that are indigenous to the
island... So go on take part in our festivals,
dance to our music, say it like a bajan or
sample all of our delicacies I dare you...
You’ll love it!. Learn more about Barbados
food click here
Christmas in Barbados
Whether you are escaping the winter of
North America and Europe or simply traveling
to experience the island rich cultural
heritage... you'll find that Christmas in
Barbados is a really exciting time of the
year. Where special treats, delightful
cuisine, home decorating and festive parties
are the order of the day.
To put it simply a Bajan Christmas is
the best... You wouldn't be disappointed.
Learn more about Christmas in Barbados click