If it is one thing that you need to know about the people of Belize it is that they love to celebrate. And all year round in this small South American country you will find activities that will really enhance your vacation. Belize host several events and festivals which brings a lot of zest to you in this friendly paradise.
Events and festivals in Belize start in January, with the country’s New Year’s celebrations. During this celebration, many cross-country races take place throughout Belize. During the month of February, Belize celebrates it Fiesta de Carnaval or the Belize Carnival. This event is held the week prior to the starting of Lent. If you are in the country during this period and want to participate in the celebrations, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is the place to be as this is where the most lively and energetic crowd will be.
In March, you will be there to help celebrate the Baron Bliss Day. This celebration is held in Belize City in honor of Sir Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, one of Belize’s greatest benefactors. This celebration normally includes sailboat and horse races as well as kiting competitions, so if you enjoy these things then you will have loads of fun there.
For the Easter week celebrations, this is normally started with religious services after which you can enjoy one of the largest cross-country bicycle races you have ever seen. For the food lovers, you will be able to taste the best of Belizean cuisine at the Lobster Fest in either late June or early July. This Lobster festival is used to celebrate the official opening of the lobster season. Here you will find many cuisines to tantalize your taste buds in addition to lots of dancing, music and pina coladas to drink.
As to the holidays in Belize the two main ones are St. George’s Caye Day, which is celebrated in September. This celebration starts with a festival in the streets and a reenactment of the battle on the site where it had taken place. Garifuna Settlement Day is the other main holiday which takes place in November. This holiday is used to celebrate the arrival of the Garinagu people, and the celebration normally includes lots of Punta music, food and fun games.
Belize also celebrates the Christmas season which normally includes a wide range of parties, races, sporting events and cultural dances. Other events and festivals you can enjoy in Belize are the Costa Mayo Festival or the fantastic Deer Dance Festival.