Today my beautiful country Barbados celebrates 49 years of being independent. All this means is that we are no longer a British colony, being ruled or led by Britain. We have worked for and won the right to run our own affairs and to look after our people as best we can.
Barbados has it’s own motto, pledge, national anthem, national flower and of course flag. We are a proud people of “Bajans” (another name for Barbadians) who enjoy sharing our island with others. Things like our national dish of Cou-cou and Flying fish, our annual Crop Over Festival, our beautiful natural landscapes, our Banks beer, our Rihanna (!!!) and best of all, our amazing beaches. Click here for Key Facts about Barbados thanks to our www.barbados.org website.
But did you know that …
- The first slaves in Barbados were white?
- During the period 1841 – 1845, Barbados was considered the healthiest place in the world to live?
- Barbados was chosen by Tiger Woods as the location for his wedding in 2004?
- Barbados has always flown only the British Flag, until achieving its independence in 1966.
- The island is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean? Click here for more fun facts 🙂
So why not meet a Bajan?
Everything’s gonna be ok!
Yet, in spite of an increase in crime and economic challenges, we are alive and breathing. We put one foot in front of the other every single day to make Barbados a better place for all, and we know that no matter what happens, God will look after us now … just as He did in the past.
There’s much more to tell you about my home, but that’s not the aim of this post. I’m just here to observe a continuous coming of age, because I guess in the grand scheme of things I could have been born anywhere else in the world, to different parents at a different time. But this November, in this year of 2015, I am indeed grateful that I got to be born to Barbadian parents right here in Barbados (just about 50 years ago – smile).
So Happy Independence Barbados! You are simply amazingly awesome!
PS: Click on the image immediately below to enjoy a really cool video on this beautiful island we are blessed to call home 🙂