Antigua and Barbuda

Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events


The national Carnival held each August commemorates the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies, although on some islands, Carnival may celebrate the coming of Lent. Its festive pageants, shows, contests and other activities are a major tourist attraction.

Public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda

DateEnglish NameRemarks
January 1New Year's Day
March–April VariesGood Friday
March–April VariesEaster Monday
First Monday in MayLabour DayMarked by singing, dance, and free transportation to areas where celebrations occur.
May 16Whit Monday
August 1Carnival – J'Ouvert Morning
August 2Carnival – Last Lap
November 1Independence DayFrequently associated with a parade 
December 9National Heroes DayCommemorated with speeches as well as family gatherings.
December 25Christmas Day
December 26Boxing Day
December 27Christmas Lieu Day

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