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Holiday Calendar for Grenada

Holiday Calendar for Grenada for 2020-2021 year
In Grenada, salutations are an important part of daily etiquette. The country borrows many cultural traditions and societal norms from English and French customs. The events and festivals typically fall into three categories, cultural, musical, and sports.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year

March 2020

Friday 13 March - Grenada Revolution Day (In 1979, the socialist New Jewel Movement had overthrown the corrupt and unpopular dictator Eric Gairy in an almost bloodless coup. For years, Gairy ruled through fear.)

April 2020

Sunday 12 April - Easter in Western Christianity (Første påskedag in Norway); Easter
Monday 13 April - Easter Monday (Påskedag in Norway)

May 2020

Sunday 10 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

June 2020

Monday 1 June - Whit Monday (celebrated on the day after Pentecost)
Monday 29 June - Fisherman’s Day in Grenada (Gouyave's big festival is the annual Fisherman's Birthday. The day is actually the recognition day of the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, fishermen who Christianity recognizes as Christ's closest disciples)

August 2020

Monday 3 August - Emancipation Day in Grenada (on the first monday of august)
Monday 10 August - Carnival in Grenada (Starts at the beginning of the second full week of August. The most important holiday is Carnival, which traditionally is celebrated on the weekend culminating on Ash Wednesday)

September 2020

Tuesday 1 September - Kirani Day in Grenada (is not a public holiday. Kirani James, born 1 September 1992, is a Grenadian sprinter who specializes in the 200 and 400 metres. He is Grenada's first and only Olympic medalist. He won the 400 m at the World Championships in 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics)

October 2020

December 2020

Saturday 26 December - Boxing Day (Belgium, Fiji, The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa...)

January 2021

February 2021

Sunday 7 February - Grenada Independence Day (is celebrates the independence of Grenada from the United Kingdom in 1974)

About some grenadian traditions

Origin of name: it is probable that the name Grenada comes from the Spanish city of Granada, which means “pomegranate.” The island was named “Concepcion” by Christopher Columbus in 1498.

Grenada is famous for spices and is known as the "Spice Isle", being a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa. It is home to all three types of cocoa in the world. A popular breakfast drink on the island is cocoa tea, made from local cocoa and spices.

Grenada also boasts the oldest functioning water-propelled distillery in the Caribbean – River Antoine Rum Distillery.It is an island nation that is almost half covered with forests, yet it does not have any species of venomous snakes.

Leatherback turtles – the largest living species of reptile, dating back to the era of dinosaurs – can be seen on the beaches of Grenada.

The majority of events on Grenada seem to be boat races and regattas. The Carriacou Regatta in July and August. Carnival is the Caribbean’s signature celebration - on Grenada the celebration occurs in August. Drama, dance, and music are popular, and performances sometimes occur during festivals and at small theaters.

The Grenada Jazz Festival in June or The Pure Grenada Music Festival– the annual live music event which has become a staple on the entertainment calendar for Grenadians and music lovers regionally and internationally.

The capital, St. George’s, on the southwest coast, is also the main port, having a fine natural harbour, and its picturesque pastel-coloured houses rise up the hillsides from the waterfront. Although English is the accepted language, a form of patois is still spoken by older people in the villages.
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