There is always something going on in Belize. In addition to the festivities of Christmas, New Year’s Day and Boxing Day, nearly every month brings a reason to celebrate. Events in Belize include festivals, carnivals, expos, trade shows, and more.
February kicks off during the week before Lent with the Fiesta de Carnaval. Next is the International Bullfish Tournament at which a grand prize of $50K goes to the fisherman who successfully lands a 500lb blue marlin.
March features three holidays: The Annual Agricultural and Trade Show and the commemoration of Belize’s biggest fan, the benefactor Baron Bliss. To round-out the month, every other year in Belmopan during the last weekend of the month a rodeo is held.
April Holy Days
In April, Belize sees the most observant Catholics attending Good Friday church services, during which most villagers participate by carrying a cross through the town. Next is the Holy Cross Country Classic in Belize City. Toward the end of the month is the San Jose Succotz Fiesta at which a good tie is had by all.
During May, Belize goes nuts with the Cashew Festival at Crooked Tree Village. Next is the Cayo Expo in San Ignacio. Also in May is the Coconut Festival, and Commonwealth Day, Labour Day, and the Toledo Festival of Arts.
Sublime Summer Time
The month of June offers a three-day long event in Belize: Dia de San Pedro. Highlights include a parade, fiestas and the blessing of boats and fishermen.
Don’t miss the Belize Lobster Festival! You will be served lobster in every possible manner; from kabobs to tacos, to right out of the shell.
In July, there is the Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta and the Belize Tourism Expo.
The Deer Dance Festival is held during the month of August – a celebration featuring historical reenactments and local arts and crafts.
Two weeks before St. George’s Caye Day, Belizeans celebrate Independence Day. Next, there is Mexican National Day and at the end of September St. George’s Caye Day gets underway.
October begins with the Belikin Spectacular, which is a billfish tournament offering prizes to the winner. Additional events this month include Columbus Day, which celebrates the Mestizo culture.
In celebration of the 1832 arrival of the Garifuna in Dangriga, a festival is held in the southern areas of Belize. Later in the month is the Stann Creek Agricultural Fair.
The Party’s Over…
So there it is; a brief overview of most of the events and holidays celebrated in Belize. No matter when you decide to visit, there is sure to be more than a few events in Belize in which you can participate.