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   Friday, January 19, 2018 

Belize Flag Belize: Events

What is happening in Belize:

The Belize Events calendar year is marked by a number of festive events from Carnival and Calypso celebrations to the Garifuna Settlement Day, which marks the day when the Garifuna first came to the country.

January

  • New Year's Day - January 1 - Public Holiday

February

  • Fiesta De Carnival
  • International Bill Fish Tournament
  • San Pedro Carnival - San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye

Fiestas de Carnival; is an annual event held one week prior to Lent. Groups compete in special dances, which help to keep up their traditions.

March

  • Baron Bliss Day - 9th March
  • Easter Holidays - Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (Easter Holidays begin either late March or early April)

Baron Bliss was an Englishman who was a great benefactor of Belize as he willed the bulk of his fortune in trust to the people of Belize.

April

  • San Jose Succotz Fiesta

A local fair celebrating the patron saint of the town Marimba music, rides, food and entertainment.

May

  • Labour Day - May 1
  • Commonwealth Day - May 24
  • Cashew Festival
  • Cayo Expo
  • Toledo Festival of Arts
  • Coconut Festival

Cashew Festival is an annual event held in the Crooked Tree Village. This festival is in honour of the harvesting of the cashew fruit and seed. There is live punta music, cashew wine, freshly roasted cashew seeds, food and folklore stories.

June

  • Agriculture and Trade Show -
  • Dia de San Pedro

Dia de San Pedro is a three day festival honours the patron saint of the town, St. Peter. Fishermen and boats are blessed and there is live music and dancing.

July

  • Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta

This is a local fair which honours the town's patron saint. This festival includes nine days of prayer to honour the saint.

August

  • International Sea and Air Festival
  • Deer Dance Festival

The International Sea and Air Festival includes food, music, and dance from Belize, Mexico and neighboring countries.

September

  • St. George's Caye Day - September 10
  • Belize National Day - September 10
  • Independence Day - September 21
  • Mexican National Day

The St. George's Caye Day is a Public and bank holiday, which is held in honour of the Battle of St. George's Caye where the Spanish were driven from the area. Street festivals are held national wide, which include food, live music, and a reenactment on the actual site. These festivals continue until Independence Day. There are a number of cultural, religious and sporting events held during this month.

October

  • Columbus Day - October 12
  • Belikin Spectacular
  • Hike & Bike for the Rain Forest
  • Pan American Day
  • Tourism Week

Pan American Day is a celebration of Mestizo culture with fiestas and beauty pageants.

November

  • Garifuna Settlement Day - November 19
  • Stann Creek Agricultural Fair

Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday to mark the arrival of the first Garifuna to Belize in 1832. The largest population of the Garifuna resides in the southern part of the country so the bulk of the festivities are held in the southern part of the country. There is a traditional Garifuna and Belizean food, live punta music, games and Jonkunu dancers.

December

  • Christmas Day - 25th December
  • Boxing Day

The Boxing Day holiday the rich took that from the British in which they boxed the foods after Christmas day, to give the less fortunate. There are dances and horse racing on this day.


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