Rihanna is not only one of the world’s richest female musicians, but she is one of only two living Barbadian citizens bearing the honourary title of “The Right and Excellent.” As Barbados prepares to celebrate its National Heroes Day this year, however, she will not be the only hero acknowledged. Six thousand Barbadians are also being honoured on Heroes Day across all sectors for their contributions fighting COVID.
On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Barbados celebrates its National Heroes Day, and many of the island’s first responders will join Rihanna to celebrate acts of heroism that brought the island together during a very difficult year.
In case you don’t know, this is the highest recognition in Barbados. The UK has its knighthood and France has its Legion of Honneur, but in Barbados it’s all about the National Hero. In late 2021, Rihanna was the latest to obtain the honor bestowed by the prime minister, the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley. The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty, as she is now known, was chosen by a vote of her fellow Barbadians as part of a tradition that began in 1998 with the first National Heroes Day events. This year will be the first time she is officially celebrated as a National Hero.
Barbados’ culture inspires visitors to dance, listen to great music, enjoy delicious bites and take in gorgeous views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea. But what’s more is its celebration of its people and history. For visitors to Barbados, the National Heroes Gallery and Museum of Parliament is an interactive way to explore the stories of other famed heroes like Rihanna. Meanwhile, visitors can catch a cultural event or performance at the picturesque National Heroes Square, the backdrop for local events year-round. Expect fireworks and festivities in and around the square to mark the occasion.