National Heroes’ Day Date: December 9
National Heroes’ Day is a public holiday in Antigua and Barbuda.
Every year on December 9, the people of Antigu and Barbuda celebrate the lives of the country’s heroes that by their example and significant contributions to the country have changed the history of Antigua and Barbuda for the better. The date was chosen because the birthday of V.C. Bird, the first ever Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, was traditionally celebrated on December 9.
History of National Heroes’ Day in Antigua and Barbuda
The objectiv of National Heroes’ Day is to bring forth in the memory of all Antiguans and Barbudan’s the memory of those fellow men and women that have in some way lead the history of the country forward toward a prosperous and fraternal Antigua and Barbuda. The day serves to rediscover these great persons and inspire new generations of citizens. The national heroes to be remembered each year are: Sir V.C. Bird, First Prime Minister and leader of the country into Independence from Britain; Sir Vivian Richards, cricketer legend voted one of the five best cricketers of the century; Dame Georgiana Nellie Robinson, educator and leader in education and protection for all children in the country; King “Prince Klass” Court, leader of the slavery revolt that freed the country from slavery regulations; and Sir George H. Walter, second Premier of Antigua and Barbuda and advocate of full independence for Antigua and Barbuda from the British.
National heroes’ Day Traditions, Customs and Activities
The National Heroes’ Day is an opportunity to discover the lives of the heroes of Antigua and Barbuda and see the possibilities of the Antiguan and Barbudan identity. There are official celebrations during the day, attended by politicians and celebrities, remember the national heroes in speeches and awards given to persons that have excelled as Antiguans and Barbudans. Most of the local people enjoy the non-working day with families and friends eating the traditional hot and spicy food of the islands.