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
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
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
Christmas Bram

Christmas Bram

Description Christmas Bram is a well-known festivity practiced in Belize. It is most widely associated with Creole Communities such as Gales Point Manatee Village, Belize River Valley communities, and Belize City. Rooted in Belize’s colonial period, it can be traced … 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
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