By ADF Newsdesk –
Today, November 30th, commemorates Barbados’ liberation from British rule after more than 300 years. This momentous occasion, granted in 1966, marked a turning point in the nation’s history.
Barbados became an English colony in the early 17th century, and the British brought African slaves to work on our sugar plantations until slavery was abolished in 1834. Amidst economic challenges, Grantley Adams, a visionary politician and lawyer, founded the Barbados Labour Party in 1938. Later, in 1961, Errol Walton Barrow emerged as a leader, establishing the Democratic Labour Party and ultimately guiding Barbados to independence.
On that historic day in 1966, the island rejoiced as the Barbados national flag was raised for the first time, accompanied by the stirring sounds of our national anthem. The broken shaft of the Trident on the flag symbolises the separation from Britain and proudly represents their independence.
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This year, the island will revel in a month-long celebration of independence. Barbadians will participate in spirited sports competitions, immerse themselves in vibrant fairs, and uplifting community events and religious services. The grand parade, held at the iconic Garrison Savannah where independence was first declared, promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.
The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) will showcase Barbadian talent in music, singing, dance, drama, writing, fine art, photography, and crafts. The festival runs throughout November, culminating in a dazzling gala presentation featuring many extraordinary finalists.
Today, we honour the heritage, celebrate the progress, and embrace the spirit of independence that defines Barbadians across the globe. Let the 30th of November be a day of unity, joy, and gratitude as they pay homage to their past and look forward to a bright future together.
Happy Independence Day, Barbados!