Known to be a nation that stands united despite a melting pot of cultures, Belizeans from all walks of life take to the street in huge numbers, with patriotic colors and jubilant celebrations during the month of September to celebrate their Independence, history, culture, and people.
If you have ever heard tales of the various cultures that live together in perfect harmony in Belize, then a good time to visit and experience that unity, at its best is during September. Reflecting the resiliency, qualities, and characteristics of the Belizean people after almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s festivities will be held under the theme “Valiant and Bold, Proud and Strong … Belize Rebounds @ 41!”.
Declared a national holiday throughout the country Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, will be observed as Independence Day, marking 41 years since the country was able to gain self-independence. To celebrate this major milestone Belizeans in all cities, towns, and villages will take to the streets in jubilant celebrations, exuberant flag waving, brilliant costumes, marching bands, and decorative floats as they parade through the streets with patriotic music in the background.
Formerly known as British Honduras until 1973, after years of lobbying for international support Belize was able to achieve full independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981. As an independent nation, Belize then elected its first Prime Minister and a Parliament Cabinet. It also adopted a new constitution and even got its flag, formed its army, and issued separate passports for citizens.
During September Belizeans also observed September 10th as a national holiday in honor of the Battle of St George’s Caye which occurred in 1798. As history tells it, during a week-long battle that started on September 3rd and ended on September 10th, Spaniards attempted to assert claims to present-day Belize. However, a small force of resident British woodcutters, along with the assistance of slaves were able to defeat and prevent them from occupying the territory of Belize.
Today, locals and even foreigners that have made Belize their home are known to be a proud set of people and spare nothing during September to express that through all forms. Known collectively as the September Celebrations, and comprising of a host of activities, that would usually kick off at the end of August and last up to September 21st, the celebrations are nothing but nonstop revelry, marches, parades, dancing, musical concerts, fireworks, patriotic competitions, cultural presentations, flag raising ceremonies, and even pageantry that are hosted across the country.
Wherever you go, you are bound to run into the many festivities that will be taking place countrywide. While there are celebrations galore, be mindful that local cuisines and drinks will also be in abundance. The September festivities in Belize are considered a big thing and will surely activate your party mood, especially for the Carnival Road march which is scheduled for the first week in September.
Worried about whether your budget will be able to withstand the festivities then you will be pleased to know that September is considered a ‘’slow season’’ for tourists and as such special deals on hotels and resorts can be found.
We at Uncharted Jewel Belize, a local and experience tour company from Southern Belize, are ready to drive you around to any of the many festivities that will be taking place and let you experience Belizean pride and culture at its best.