The #BarbadosNationalDay has been trending for almost 24 hours on Bajan Twitter in the wake of the announcement by Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams, that November 30 would combine celebrations of both Independence and Republic Day.
Some of the usually more vocal accounts are quiet, but others have waded into the debate, many voicing their disagreement with the decision.
ya can’t sing “God bless Bim on Barbados National Day” that don’t sound good
— 𝔰𝔲𝔟𝔲𝔯𝔟𝔞𝔫 𝔞𝔣. (@nvmiko_xo) November 1, 2022
I real upset bout this Barbados National Day thing, I really sure that it ain’t too late to change that…. lewwe treat this like the traffic changes in Warrens that one Wednesday morning
— dat boi Salt (@saltorwha) November 1, 2022
“Barbados National Day” might just make me put up these lights and decorate my tree.
— 𝐊𝐢𝐝 𝐁𝐮𝐮 (@ECAFSpice) November 1, 2022
Why we simply couldn’t get another day to commemorate republic day or Barbados national day or whatever y’all wanna call it????? What’s the point……….. November 30th will always be known to us as Independence Day.
— ☆♡ OVO ♡☆ (@astonmartin_196) November 1, 2022
Leaves one to wonder what other decisions were made and yet to be announced..Wake up pun Barbados National Day and hear that our national dish is chips and blue marlin…national flower is hibiscus
— #RiskFaker (@mistahshock) November 2, 2022
“Happy Barbados National Day”, is one phrase that would never cross my lips.
— Eloise Bridgerton (@ZeAnnka) November 2, 2022
If the PM is suggesting that the day is still Independence Day and it is also Republic Day and that ‘Barbados National Day’ is simply like an overarching title that refers to them both then i don’t take issue. BUT it still feels unnecessary.
— Commi (@AishaDay0) November 2, 2022
Barbados National Day is an awful name.
— Big Homie Savah (@SavageKenedy) November 2, 2022
Disclaimer: I’m not bajan but my heritage is there & I the country as if it were my birthplace.. IMO the change to Barbados National Day does not erode the legacy of independence but rather increases the notion of Barbadian pride & nationalism #mytwocents @miaamormottley
— Leah Crag-Chaderton (@LCC_goes_global) November 2, 2022
Not this government changing Independence Day to Barbados National Day if Mia didn’t insist on republic day falling on November 30th, we would not have had this issue
— Jason Fenty (@TheJaseFiles) November 1, 2022