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In Barbados, their festivals are one of the ways in which they celebrate their unique culture. Visiting during any of the following will add fun to your holiday and allow you to share in the Barbadian way.

So looking to 2013, the great festival calendar starts with the Jazz festival in January.
Then from 10th February, a week of the Holetown festival, showcasing Barbados traditions – it is a celebration of the arrival into Holetown of the first settlers in February 1627. It’s a fun place to wander around, watch some performances, eat great local food, shop for local crafts etc.

A less well-known festival but one I’m certainly looking forward to is the Celtic Festival Barbados, held in 2013 between May 23rd and May 29th. Professional musicians from Ireland, Scotland and Wales playing at various venues across the island. A very exciting festival sharing some of the Celtic links with Barbados. Music, food and beautiful sunshine!

Then of course, the renowned Cropover festival, often mentioned on this blog, in July and into August. As it sounds, this is the equivalent of a Harvest festival and a wonderful traditional celebration on the island. Closer to the time, I will post a calendar of the highlights.

And dates yet to be announced, but another up and coming festival that gets rave reviews! The Barbados food, wine and rum festival in november. I’ll let you know!

Call us at Barbados Travel Deals 0845 6435 606/01977 524235. We can tell you about all that’s going on during your holiday.

The 36th Holetown Festival in Barbados has been memorable so far this week with festivities and a fun-packed weekend to come. The Holetown festival first took place in 1977 to celebrate the Anniversary of the first settlement of Barbados.

This weekend is well worth a wander around Holetown. The vibrant atmosphere of this festival in Barbados is uplifting. See the weekend itinerary of the Holetown Festival below;  

Saturday February 18th 2012

All Day – 36th Annual Street Fair, Bajan Arts & Crafts, Caribbean food / Barbados food / Barbados cuisine
11am – Street Parade, Vintage & Classic Cars, Queen of The Festival, Stilt Walkers, Dancin’ Africa & more…
12 noon – Food for the Body & Soul at Holetown Methodist Church
1.30pm – Radio controlled auto racers display
2pm – Holetown Dooflicky with Bajan Folk Parade & Bajan Carnival.
3pm – Concert at the Chattel Stage
6pm – Festival Sunset Concert at Seaside Theatre.
8pm – DJ Face Off with Verseewild and other popular DJ’s.

Sunday February 19th 2012

9am – Thanksgiving Service at St James Parish Church Barbados
10am – Street Fair Stalls re-open
3.30pm – Michael Parravicino Memorial 7K Walk – Speightstown to Holetown.
4.15pm – Festival 7K Road Run
6pm – Barbados Gala Concert, “Classical Steel” at St. James Parish Church.
6.30pm – Spiritual Baptists Candlelight Procession at Seaside Theatre Barbados
7.30pm – Grand Finale – Queen of the Festival Pageant at St. James School Barbados

If you are on holiday in Barbados now, travelling to Barbados this weekend or indeed planning a luxury Barbados holiday for 2013, travelling to Barbados at this time of the year to coincide with the Holetown Festival makes a great time to go.  For a true cultural insight into the Barbados way of life / Barbados culture, then it’s an absolute must.

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