Easter in Belize
Easter is one of the most popular times of year to visit Belize, but this Central American country has its own unique take on how to celebrate the most important religious festival on the calendar.
In Catholic communities, the Easter holiday is a seven-day affair, with street processions throughout Holy Week. In Belize, however, the Easter period only officially begins on Holy Friday. Banks, government offices, and most shops shut down, and many towns and villages re-enact the Stations of the Cross.
On Holy Saturday, the entire country turns out for one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Officially known as the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, this bike race pits hundreds of racers in a round-trip race from Belize City to San Ignacio and back.
Easter Sunday is a time for quiet reflection and religious service. Many Belizeans use the occasion to host family feasts and to get outdoors and enjoy nature. National parks, ancient Maya sites, and other popular venues are open, making the Easter period one of the most popular times to explore the country.
The Easter holiday in Belize‘s last day is Easter Monday. A quiet day, many Belizeans relax and unwind before gearing up to head back to work or school. But the tiny village of Burrell Boom is home to the Castleton horse race, an exciting event with thousands of people cheering on their favorite horses and jockeys.
Although the date of Easter changes every year, it always seems like the weather cooperates. Easter is when many of Belize‘s plants begin to flower, filling the air with a sweet perfume. It’s also a great time to enjoy beach parties, street parades, village fairs, and other festive fun.
And when you live in Belize, you can enjoy all the Easter festivities as well as hosting friends and family. Instead of having to pay premium rates on hotels and resorts, you can enjoy Easter from the comfort of your own home.
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