The holiday is always celebrated on 1 August unless the first Monday in August falls on 1 August, in which case Emnacipation Day is moved to 2 August to accomodate Kadooment Day. This holiday marks the end of slavery in Barbados.Despite slavery having been abolished, until 1838, there was a four year apprenticeship period during which the newly free men continued to work without pay in exchange for living in huts provided by the plantation owners. A ceremony celebrating the emancipation of the slaves is held at Bussa's statue. There are parades, speeches, and demonstrations by school children. Other celebrations include the Emancipation Day Walk, Beach Fest, and Village Fest.