Events

Belizeans and visitors celebrate year-round in Belize.  Many events are annual, while some are the first of its kind.  Visit this page regularly to find out about Belize events.

Activities begin in January, with New Year’s celebrations countrywide. Many cross-country cycle races take place throughout the year, starting with New Year’s Day.

In March, a harbor regatta is held in Belize City to celebrate Baron Bliss Day, in honor of one of Belize’s greatest benefactors, Sir Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss.  Sailboats of all sizes enter the race.  This day is also celebrated with kite competitions and horse races.  The La Ruta Maya River Challenge also takes place this time of year, with a challenging four-day canoe race starting in San Ignacio and ending in Belize City.

During Easter Week, religious services are held countrywide.  Because of the  extended holidays, many locals travel from the city to countrywide destinations, such as the cayes or inland.  The biggest cross-country bicycle race, which includes international participation, takes place on this weekend.

To celebrate the opening of the lobster season, both Placencia and Caye Caulker host Lobster Fest, usually the end of June, beginning of July.  Other festivals around this time of year include the Cashew Festival in Crooked Tree,  the National Agricultural &  Trade Show in Belmopan, and the Benque Viejo del Carmen Fiesta.

The Costa Maya Festival is an annual five-day celebration held in August in San Pedro Ambergris Caye, featuring entertainment and participation from the five Mundo Maya countries (Belize, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras). Activities include the popular La Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant, parades, music, lots of food, dancing and more.

In September, for nearly the entire month, the whole country celebrates with festivities nationwide.  September 21 is Independence Day, and social activities abound during this time of year.  Carnival in Belize is also held during the September Celebrations, and features street parades with colorful floats, bands and creative costumes.

Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated every year on November 19.  Garifuna communities countrywide lead the celebrations during this national holiday in honor of the arrival of the Garinagu to Belize in 1832.  Live punta music, re-enactments, cultural food, drinks and crafts are all a part in this special celebration.

In December, the country celebrates the Christmas season, when family and friends come together for huge feasts of turkeys, hams, fruit cakes and gift-giving.  This holiday season is celebrated with parties, horse races, sporting activities and cultural dances.
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