Belize Festivals and Events
One of the best parts about retiring or living in Belize is that there’s always another fun festival, celebration, or event coming up. Whether it’s a big national holiday or a street celebration with music, parades, games, and food, the Belizean calendar is jam-packed with exciting events.
Here are just a few of the top festivals in Belize:
Krem New Year’s Cycling Classic
Held every year on January 1, this is an exciting bicycle race that starts in Corozal Town in the north and finishes in downtown Belize City.
Few places celebrate quite so enthusiastically as Belize City in September during Carnival. More than 20,000 people will line the streets to watch elaborately costumed participants dance and parade to high-energy music.
Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival
The tiny village of Placencia in southeastern Belize transforms its minuscule “main street” (a four-foot-wide sidewalk) into a gauntlet of games, food, handicrafts, poetry readings, and, of course, plenty of art.
There are strict rules on when lobster season begins, so June is an exciting month to visit places like Placencia, Caye Caulker, and Ambergris Caye. Expect dozens of mouthwatering recipes and plenty of good music.
Garifuna Settelment Day
November 19 is when the whole country honors the unique music, food, and linguistic heritage of the Garifuna people. Beginning with a dawn re-enactment of their fateful arrival in Belize 200 years ago, Garifuna Day is the perfect time to try foods like cassava bread and hudut (a kind of fish coconut soup) while dancing to the syncopated rhythms of traditional Garifuna drums.
La Ruta Maya Belize Challenge
Usually held in early March, the La Ruya Maya Belize Challenge is a four-day canoe race that begins in San Ignacio in the west and ends in downtown Belize City. Cheer on participants in eight different categories as they make their way across the country.
Easter is the only four-day holiday on the calendar, so Belizeans make the most of it. Beyond the solemn beauty of religious processions and church services, Holy Saturday is when the year’s biggest bicycle race is held as competitors travel a grueling 140-mile loop from Belize City to San Ignacio and back.
On September 21, 1981, Belize became fully separated from Britain. Throughout the month, look for plenty of parades, live music concerts, poetry recitals, and everyone dressed up in red, white, and blue (the national colors).
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