From the May Coconut Festival on Caye Caulker, to the February Carnival celebrations all over the country, the Belize festivals and events certainly bring added color and life to a travel destination that already offers so much. Various Belize events take place every month of the year around the country, so regardless of when you plan your Belize vacation you should be able to entertain the notion of experiencing one or more. If you like culture, dancing, and music, there are definitely a few Belize festivals that you'll want to consider attending. This goes for food-lovers as well. One of the public holidays in Belize might be observed during your visit, so you might interest yourself in the proceedings attached to it while you are there. It's important to note that on official holidays in Belize, government offices and banks close down, as do many stores. Transportation services might decrease on official holidays as well, so they might not make for the best travel days.
As for the Belize holidays, New Year's Day and Christmas Day are observed much like they are in North America. Two of the main holidays that pertain only to Belize are St. George's Caye Day, which takes place on September 10, and Garifuna Settlement Day, which is observed on November 19th. St. George's Caye Day celebrates the British victory over Spain in the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798. A re-enactment of the battle takes place on this day at St. George's Caye, which can be found near Belize City. All across the country, street festivals are held in honor of St. George's Caye Day. Garifuna Settlement Day marks the most significant arrival of Garifuna people to Belize, which occurred in 1832. Most of the festivities revolved around Garifuna Settlement Day take place in southern Belize, namely in and around Dangriga. Traditional Belizean and Garifuna food, plenty of punta music, and a number of fun games characterize the celebrations.
If you want to enjoy one of the more curious Belize festivals, then you will head to Belize City for the March Baron Bliss Day celebration. Baron Bliss, an Englishman of considerable wealth, first arrived in Belize in 1926, and he would die here a few months later. So in love did he fall with Belize, that he bequeathed a significant amount of his fortune to the country, which has been applied to numerous philanthropical endeavors. All over the country, Baron Bliss Day is celebrated in a number of ways, and in Belize City, the harbor races are among the most significant of these celebrations. Bicycle and horse races also take place in and around Belize City on Baron Bliss Day. One of the best destinations for festivals and events in Belize is the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. This is Belize's top overall vacation destination, partly because of festivals like the June San Pedro Lobsterfest, the August International Costa Maya Festival, and the February San Pedro Carnival. While Carnival is celebrated all over Belize in February, there is no place that celebrates it more festively than San Pedro. Should you be in San Pedro during Carnival, you can probably expect to get "painted" at some time, which usually involves getting dusted, doused, or doctored up with paint, colored powder, and even lipstick.
One of the more interesting Belize festivals takes place in the town of San Antonio, which is located in the southern Toledo District. Every year in August, the week-long Christian and Mayan-mixed Deer Dance Festival features ritualistic dances, such as the ancient deer dance, as well as a series of historical re-enactments and live music performances. On the final day of this most interesting of interesting Belize events, greased pole climbing competitions are held, so you might see if you can conquer the hewn, soapy, and lard-laden tree trunk. For those interested in attending a Belize music festival, the March Belize International Music Festival is arguably the top one. One of the newer events in Belize, this Belize Music festival takes place on the Placencia Peninsula. Over the course of this 3-day event, you can enjoy evening performances that highlight different kinds of music, such as reggae, smooth jazz, soul, funk, and folk. Since this largest Belize Music festival offers mainly nighttime shows, you can enjoy plenty of fun activities during the day before concert time. Some of the best, if not the best beaches in Belize are found on the Placencia Peninsula, and you'll easily be able to arrange daytime sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing trips.