This series will provide information on the nine cultural festivals and celebrations rooted within communities across Belize. Together, these forms of intangible cultural heritage help us express who we are, and share our background and cultural identities. (Information provided by Institute for Social & Cultural research)
Part One: Benque Fiesta
The Benque Fiesta begins on July 6th and consists of a ten day celebration in honor of Benque Viejo del Carmen’s patron saint Nuestra Señora de Monte Carmelo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel). The celebration features alboradas (early morning prayes) and ladies praying novenas, accompanied by the reverberating sounds of the marimba. His is followed by breakfast sponsored by “los dueños del dia” or the patrons of the day’s feast. The daily evening prayers and Mass are complemented by a lavish display of fireworks. The Benque Fiesta also includes a feria, a social event that includes the selection of Señorita Flor de la Feria, other cultural displays such as the Chatona, 3 nights of dancing to the music of popular bands and Djs, and the sale of traditional foods and beverages.

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Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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