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Moments in Time

Around Easter time, the 'big thing' is Cross Country Race.  Likewise, when September comes, its time to get ready
for all the celebrations that will pay tribute to our Colonization and Independence holidays.  Whenever time you go to
Belize, it is likely that you will find something happening.  However, if not, the beauty of the country can provide
enough excitement be it land or water.

Fiesta De Carnaval
- Annual event held one week prior to Lent.  Groups compete in comparsas (special dances).
The event is held to flourish traditions in the area.

International Bill Fish Tournament - Sponsored by the Belize Game Fish Association. A prize of BZ$50,000.00 is
presented to the person who catches over 500 pounds!

San Pedro Carnaval - San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Carnival of camparsas competitions and slapstik fun with
paint, flour, lipstick and powder used to tease passersby.

Baron Bliss Day (March 9)
- Celebration of Baron Bliss, a great benefactor of Belize. Harbour races are held in front
of the Baron Bliss Lighthouse where be is buried. Horse and bicycle races are also held.

The Annual Cross-Country Bicycle Race (Holy Saturday)
- The course extends from Belize City to San Ignacio,
Cayo District and back to Belize City, a total distance of 144 miles.

Horse and Bicycle Races (Easter Monday)Horse and Bicycle Races (Easter Monday) - Held in Belize City usually
in Boom - Held in Belize City usually in Boom

San Jose Succotz Fiesta - Local fair celebrating the patron saint of the town. Marimba music, rides, food,

Commonwealth Day (May 24)
- Celebration for the Queen of England's birthday.

Cashew Festival - Annual festival held in the Crooked Tree Village. This celebration is in honor of the harvesting of
the cashew fruit and seed. There is live punta music, cashew wine, freshly roasted cashew seeds, food and
folklore stories.

Cayo Expo - A miniature version of the Agriculture and Trade Show is held in San Ignacio.

Toledo Festival of Arts - Week-long festival in which school children depict various ethnic groups in the district
through plays, music, dance, arts, and crafts.

Coconut Festival - Held in Caye Caulker, this festival includes coconut games and competitioners, a parade with
prizes for the best float, food and dancing.

Agriculture and Trade Show
- Bi-annual show held in the nation's capital of Belmopan. Goods, wares, and
products are showcased at this weekend long show to the Belizean people. Livestock show and trade also takes
place the week prior and during this event.

Dia de San Pedro - Held in San Pedro the three day festival honours the patron saint of the town, St. Peter. During
this time boats and fishermen are blessed. A jump-up is held with live music including a Marimba band.

Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta
- Local fair honoring the town's patron saint. This festival includes 9 days of prayer.

BETEX 96 (Belize Tourism Expo) - This will be Belize's first trade show. The theme will be "The Ecological
Destination of the 21st Century."

International Sea & Air Festival
- San Pedro. Festival includes food, music, and dance from Belize, Mexico and
neighboring countries.

Deer Dance Festival - Held in San Antonio (Toledo District) this week-long celebration includes historical
reenactments including hand made costumes, arts and crafts, food, music and dance.

St. George's Caye Day (September 10)
- Festival held in honor of the Battle of St. George's Caye where the
Spanish were driven from the area for good in 1798. Street festivals are held nation wide which include food, live
music, and a reenactment on the actual site.

Independence Day (September 21) - Numerous cultural, religious, and sporting events are held from the
beginning of September up to Independence Day including the Queen of the Bay and Miss Belize beauty pageants
as well as the Festival Grand Market in Belize City.  On the night of the 20th a flag raising ceremony takes place at
midnight to bring in the 21st. On the 21st a parade is held with local bands playing on the beds of trucks followed
by people dancing, locally known as jump-up. After the parade a street festival takes place where the two main
streets in Belize City are completely blocked off and live bands perform. There is traditional Belizean cuisine,
music, dance and cultural displays.

Mexican National Day - Held in the northern towns of Orange Walk and Corozal because of their Mexican influence,
the towns people cross over into Mexico and visit with family and friends across the border.

Columbus Day (October 12)
- Regatta and horse racing in Belize City.

Belikin Spectacular - Billfish tournament with spectacular prizes. Sponsored by the Belize Game Fish Association.

Hike & Bike for the Rain Forest - A two-day cross-country run and mountain bike race. Local and international
athletes compete throughout the Cayo area to benefit the rain forest.

Pan American Day - Orange Walk and Corozal. A celebration of Mestizo culture with fiestas and beauty pageants.

Tourism Week - Activities to promote tourism such as a raffle drawing for a local to win a vacation to tour Belize.

Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19)
- Festival to mark the arrival of the first Garifuna to Belize in 1832. Most
activities take place in the southern region, mainly Dangriga which has the largest population of Garifuna people in
Belize. There is traditional Garifuna and Belizean food, live punta music, games, and Joncunu Dancers.

Stann Creek Agricultural Fair - Showcase of locally grown fruits and vegetables including a live stock show.

Christmas Day (December 25) - A day to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  In years past, families would prepare for
Christmas by making 'like' (white) cake and black fruit cake (usually soaked with rum) for guests that would come
visiting on the day of and prior.  Also, Christmas meant that you would have to work hard because all your chairs
and floors had to be stripped and re-varnished.  But, it also meant that you would have the opportunity to enjoy
apples and grapes and family bonding.

Boxing Day (December 26) - Taken from the British, this holiday was originally a British custom. There are dances
and horse races.