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Posts By: Janelle Cowo

Traditions rooted in religion: Hot Cross Buns for Easter

Easter is a religious time for many Belizeans, especially Catholics, who see it as a time to strengthen their faith and family bonds through traditional activities. Another time-honored Easter tradition in many Belizean households is baking. Serving hot cross buns on Good Friday is a beautiful (and delicious) way to enjoy the day with family, filling the kitchen with sweet and fruity aromas!

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Edward “Papo” Alamilla’s realism art depicts Belize’s natural beauty

With countless talented painters across Belize, island artist Edwardo “Papo” Alamilla stands out in mastering realism in his pieces. Throughout the years, Papo has amazed the art community by mastering his interpretation of the Belizean lifestyle. He paints what he sees daily, recreating memories of his past on canvas. From gorgeous marine life to lush jungles and scenes of San Pedro in its early days, Papo brings a sense of life to his art.

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Are you ready? Carnaval is here again!

It’s that time of year when San Pedro’s island traditions come alive during the El Gran Carnaval. Painting, dance, and music fill the streets as we celebrate the five days before the Lenten Season.
Carnaval is one of the most joyful, fun, and entertaining festivals on Ambergris Caye, and this year, it kicks off on Saturday, February 10th, with a grand Street Festival at the San Pedro Central Park.

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Lunch, dinner, and dessert for the whole family!

There are so many places to eat in San Pedro, and exploring new places is always fun. When dining out with the family, having options for both young and old is always nice. Here are some of our recommendations for a day out of eating with the whole family!

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Celebrating traditions – Christmas in Belize

Christmas and New Years are the most anticipated holidays, with many planning the celebrations far in advance. As a multi-cultural society, the festive end-of-year holidays are celebrated differently in every Belizean household. A feeling of joy, thankfulness, and anticipation fills the air as families come together to celebrate another year gone by.

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Shop Authentically Belizean products at 12 Belize

Belize’s diversity is reflected daily in its people. The way they live and the things they create, our country is brimming with talent and resources. 12 Belize celebrates that talent by selling authentically made-in-Belize products. Every product is uniquely Belizean, from lotions and creams to toys, jewelry, and accessories.

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Hudut, the flavor of the Garifuna Culture!

“Wаmúа, wаnісhіgu lubá ámuñеgü: óundаrunі hаmа nіburеіntіаn lun lаbаgаrіdu Gаrіfunа – Оur lаnd, оur сulturе, оur futurе: іnvоlvіng оur уоuth fоr Gаrіfunа ѕurvіvаl.” This is the powerful theme in which one of the most vibrant cultures will celebrate its 191st anniversary of arriving at the shores of Belize. Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated annually on November 19th, a festival of drums and dancing honoring the Garinagu’s traditions and culture.

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Travellers Liquors launches Ruta Maya Rum Collection

Travellers Liquors continues to innovate Belize’s rum industry and recently released yet another exciting offering to its product line. Officially made available to the public on October 18, 2023, the Ruta Maya Rum Collections incorporates classic Belizean flavors to Travellers’ iconic rum blends. On Saturday, October 21, San Pedro’s industry partners were invited to sample these unique rum blends at an intimate launch party at Wine de Vine.

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Our traditions of honoring the dearly departed

While Halloween (a holiday that marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints, or All Hallows, and initiates the season of Allhallowtide) may be celebrated worldwide on October 31st where many dress in spooky costumes and give out candy, it also holds significant traditions for local cultures. October 31st is part of the traditional el Dia de Los Muertos or Los Finados. Prominently celebrated in Mexico, the Maya or Mestizo of Belize also celebrate October 31st as the day to celebrate the cycle of life and death. On this day, families observing this tradition set up alters to honor their ancestors, both those remembered and those long forgotten. Many believe the tradition dates to the ancient Maya, who believed there is life after death. Alters are lit up with candles, decorated with flowers, and offerings foods and drinks.

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Join the celebration: Belize @ 42!

“Hope Ignited, Hands United, Vision Renews: Belize@42!” Our theme for this year’s long-awaited September Celebration! If you have visited Belize during September, you probably know the festive and lively celebrations held throughout the month honoring our country’s independence. If there is one thing I can confidently say is that Belize proudly and patriotically celebrates its sovereignty. From concerts to parades and all manners of festivals, we don our colors of red, white, and blue to the tunes of drums, local cuisine, and plenty of revelry.

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Vacation like a local; travel Belize during the “slow” season

Like many other vacation destinations, Belize has a “high” traveling season and what is considered a “slow” travel season. Typically, November through June are the most popular times to vacation in Belize; however, visiting during the off-season can also offer many benefits. July to October is the Jewel’s summertime; for some, this is the perfect time to see many of our tropical destinations.

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Chocolate Festival of Belize 2023 a Grand Success

The Belize Tourism Industry Association(BTIA) Toledo Chapter in collaboration with the Toledo Cacao Growers Association (TCGA) held its 15th Anniversary Chocolate Festival of Belize on May 19th and May 20th, 2023. The festival highlights the birthplace of cacao while celebrating cacao farmers, chocolatiers, and culture in style.

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A day with the Bella Vista Resort Family

Getting good recommendations can be helpful with so many things to do and see on Ambergris Caye. One resort is looking to do just that. Bella Vista Resort and its family of businesses, including a sister resort, tour company, and restaurants, offer the full-service experience in Belize.

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Looking to invest in Ambergris Caye Real Estate?

Condos, investment properties, residential and commercial lots, Ambergris Caye has a booming real estate industry. With the market growing and the island ever developing, owning real estate on La Isla Bonita is an investment you don’t want to miss.

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Tiburon Rum: A taste of the Spirit of Belize!

The Caribbean is known for its love of good rum. If you ask any Belizean, “What’s their spirit of choice?” rum will surely be among the top! There is no shortage of local rums in Belize, and among this tropical libation is the highly acclaimed Tiburon Rum.

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