La Chatona

La Chatona

Description La Chatona is a female effigy and folkloric character most commonly associated with Benque Viejo del Carmen Town and surrounding western communities. She consists of a large female mannequin framed out of pleated bayal, a tropical vine. The hollow … Continued
Wanaragua

Wanaragua

Description Transmission and Safeguarding Practices Continuity of Wanaragua Associated Cultural Forms, Traditions and Knowledge (What other cultural forms and traditions, skills and knowledge are necessary for carrying out this practice?) Spaces for Enactment (What places, spaces and locations are integral … Continued
Sambai

Sambai

Description Transmission and Safeguarding Practices Continuity of the Sambai Associated Cultural Forms, Traditions and Knowledge (What other cultural forms and traditions, skills and knowledge are necessary for carrying out this practice?) Christmas Bram; Brokdong Music; Spaces for Enactment (What places, … Continued
San Joaquin Fiesta

San Joaquin Fiesta

Description The San Joaquin Fiesta is an annual religious and cultural celebration held in San Joaquin Village, Corozal District. According to oral histories passed down within the community, refugees of the Caste War of Yucatan who traveled from Bacalar, Mexico … Continued
Garifuna Settlement Day & Yurumein

Garifuna Settlement Day & Yurumein

Description One of the largest cultural celebrations in Belize is Garifuna Settlement Day, held annually on 19th November. According to historical accounts, the Garinagu began migrating to Belize, formerly British Honduras, from as early as 1802. The largest group is … Continued
Carnaval

Carnaval

Description Carnaval is a pre-lenten festivity once widely practiced in northern Belize, and other Maya Mestizo communities. The festivity commences with the enmascarados, the masked dancers who go throughout the community signaling Carnaval’s proximity. The highlight of this celebration is … Continued
Benque Fiesta

Benque Fiesta

Description The famous Benque Fiesta is an annual religious and cultural celebration held in Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town. A predominantly Catholic community, Benque Viejo’s patron saint is La Virgen del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), and the fiesta … Continued
Finados

Finados

Description Transmission and Safeguarding Practices Continuity of Finados Associated Cultural Forms, Traditions and Knowledge Beeswax Candle Making; Traditional Culinary Practices Spaces for Enactment (What places, spaces and locations are integral to its practice?) Private Residences Banquitas House of Culture Benque … Continued