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Enjoy the Rich & Varied Culture of Belize through Festivals

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on Jul 11, 2013 9:10:45 AM

Carnival  DancersTravelers who desire a rewarding Caribbean getaway are drawn to Belize. The unspoiled landscape gives the activities and events that are indigenous to the country an authentic feel of tropical paradise.

Generations of tradition and history are embedded into Belize's culture and people. If you plan to visit this beautiful and adventurous country, do so during a festival or significant event. Vacationing during such an occasion will augment your memory of the trip. Take a look at some of the significant upcoming events happening in Belize this year. Be sure to make your reservations ahead of time to secure lodging during these celebrations.

San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival

Each of the five Mundo Maya countries, Belize, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, actively participate in this grandiose festival annually. During July or August, six days of festivities begin on a Tuesday and end on a Sunday night. All of the Mundo Maya countries are given a day to showcase their talents and culture. The first night opens with the Reina de la Costa Maya, or the Queen of the Mayan Coast Beauty Pageant.

Throughout the week, entertainers of all kinds line the streets to delight attendees from all over the world. The main festival square holds hundreds of booths for games, arts, exotic foods, clothing and memorabilia, in addition to fun rides for all age groups. Live music featuring authentic Soca, Reggae, Punta, Maya, Salsa, Cumbia and Merengue genres are played by local and visiting bands.

Carnival

The town of San Pedro also has a Carnival celebration, which is reminiscent of a Mardi Gras-style event. The week consummating in Ash Wednesday is always the time for Carnival in San Pedro. As custom stands, observers indulge themselves in every pleasure imaginable before the Lenten Season begins. Carnival is recognized for its comparsas dancers, who dress in eccentrically arranged costumes and dance through the streets.

Male comparsas groups are often dressed as women and are usually winners of the grand prize for costume and dance. Each celebration ends with a day of people-painting. Children and adults alike have water-based paints that they use on as many people as possible — both locals and visitors! It can be terrific fun for those with a good sense of humor and a free spirit.

St. George's Caye Day

British forces defeated Spaniard buccaneers during a lavish battle for Belizean territory on September 10, 1798. St. George's Caye Day is still remembered and celebrated by a week of activity. Religious services and exciting events mark the occasion. Visitors can look forward to the crowning of Miss San Pedro, a one-of-a-kind children's bicycle race, a tug-of-war like no other and fishing tournaments.

Another outstanding event is the Battle of St. George's Caye Regatta where children from all over Belize engage in a fierce sailboat race. Music and food abound all over the beaches of Belize City during this aquatic event. Traditional parades and galas occur night and day.

Topics: Special Events

Valeria Espinoza

Written by Valeria Espinoza