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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Traditions in Barbados

The Bajans are so crazy that they have launched an annual international competition, the Slam-a-Dom Extravaganza. And surprise you does it if you are told that the World Council of Domino Federations is based in Barbados? On the agenda: dominos three hands, four hands and couples. Phew, having yielded to St. Lucia, Barbados is world champion again in 2012!

Rum shop

Well, while we're ... The rum shop, the boozer on the corner. Except that there is no down her little white filed, but his little rum. Statistics show more than a thousand rum shops on the island, some say even 1500. What quench many thirsts!

There are all kinds: simple wooden counter in a tin hut, lean-way Chattel house along a house frequented by old timers, hang outs for kitesurfers, domino players or fans of karaoke ... it talks about cricket or politics, in a tone often inflamed. It draws on the bottle to the exhaust, alternating occasionally with a chaser, just to blow (a cut or rum, for the more timid, a Coke or a glass of water).

In many rum shops, one can enjoy a snack, especially on the weekend: roast pork, pudding and souse, grilled chicken ...

A selection of 10 among the best rum shops.


- 1st January: New Year
- Jan. 21: Errol Barrow Day.
- March-April: Good Friday and Easter Monday.
- April 28: National Heroes' Day.
- May 1: Labour Day.
- June: Whit Monday (Whit Monday).
- August 1: Emancipation Day.
- First Monday in August: Kadooment Day (Crop Over Festival).
- November 30: Independence Day.
- December 25-26: Christmas and Boxing Day.

Good manners

Attention, no topless sunbathing in Barbados. It is not only frowned upon, but also against the law!

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