Barbados traditions and culture

Most of Barbados’ traditions are drawn from West Africa and British cultures. The majority of the population is of African descent, however, the island was a British colony for hundreds of years so is very largely influenced by British cultures.

The Tuk band  is a collection of usually brightly attired musicians playing a bass drum, kettle drum and pennywhistle. The band is a call to get up and dance. The songs they play are a blend of African music, with its heavy drum influence, and British folk music.

Pottery is also a big tradition for Barbadians and there is often a variety of pieces being created. Modern potters often create decorative pieces to either sell or to use within their household.

One of Barbados’ biggest passions is Cricket and they have produced some of the finest cricketers in history, such as Sir Garfield Sobers and the famous opening partnership players in Greenidge and Haynes. International cricket matches are often played at Kensington Oval.

Annual festivals are very important to Barbadians, each has its own culture and individual qualities. There are many festivals across the island which are fascinating to visit, from The Oistins Fish Festival to the Holetown Festival.

Cou-cou and flying fish is the national dish of Barbados. Cou-cou is made from cornmeal and okras, it is traditionally served with steamed flying fish in a tomato-based sauce. It may also be served with saltfish, red herring or stew.

So, when you’re looking for places to stay in Barbados, why not see where the best places are to do traditional Barbadian activities. Villa Des Anges is a perfect villa to stay in whilst in Barbados, it provides a great location which is close to many places.

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