Culture & Identity of Barbados
Much of the way of life in Barbados reflects that of life in the United Kingdom;
however the island lifestyle dominates the country and there is no mistaking the
two. While many traditions, customs, architecture, and even social programs are
modeled after that of the United Kingdom, Barbados's lifestyle begins with relaxation.
Time in Barbados is similar to much of the Caribbean in the sense that present company
is always more important than leaving early to meet up with future acquaintances.
However, more than most Caribbean island nations, the people tend to be more punctual
in Barbados and there seems to be more "structure" to the lives of many
Work is fairly important to many people as regularly working hours are from about
8:00 am to about 5:00 pm. The available jobs in the country are quite varied, although
about three quarters of all jobs are in the services sector, including tourism.
Work provides routine to life for many people as does school, which follows the
British school system.