Briana began the presentation with an introduction video to the beauty of Barbados, enticing us all to want to travel there. Barbados is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and is only 21 miles long and 14 miles wide. Barbados is a beautiful island with incredible natural sights, including brightly colored gardens, underground caves, and a forest overflowing with wildlife. The Island boasts gorgeous landscapes and bustling urban areas. The name 'Barbados' is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the Island. In 2008, Rihanna became one of the country's cultural ambassadors, doing promotional work on behalf of the Barbados tourism ministry.
Barbadians (also known as Bajans) enjoy warm and sunny weather all year. The maximum daily temperature is 75-90 °F. North-East tradewinds consistently cool the Island. The dry season lasts from January to June.
Barbados' traditions are drawn from the West African and British cultures that shaped the Island. Like any culture, annual festivals are significant to Barbadians. Each has its own historical and cultural significance. Crop Over (a five-week celebration) reflects the history of the sugar industry, a protest against injustice, and the ultimate liberation of enslaved people.
During Crop Over the Island is overflowing with parties galore where celebrators can expect live music, dancing, carnivals, markets, cultural presentations, and more. Kadooment (large party) is the Island's most significant celebration and is the final day of the 5-week festival. Its roots date back to the 1700s.
Cou-cou with flying fish is the national dish of Barbados. Cou-cou, similar to polenta or grits but more creamy, is made from corn meal and okras. It is traditionally served with steamed flying fish in a tomato-based sauce.
Barbados was first occupied by the British in 1627 and remained a British colony until sovereignty was granted in 1961. The Island gained complete independence on November 30, 1966 (Independence Day) and maintained ties to the Britain monarch represented in Barbados by the Governor General. On November 30, 2021, Barbados became a Republic. Barbados is getting ready to celebrate its first year with a President.