September is the month of celebration in Belize. Our official Independence Day is September 21st, but the days and nights leading to that date are filled with activity. Under the theme “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize”, 2014’s celebrations are set to bring in Belize’s 33rd Independence anniversary.

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The official celebration launch kicks off the month of festivities, which include concerts, pageants, and parades.

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September 10th is the 216th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye. It’s the pre-party and involves a more sedate celebration, with a uniform parade and the coronation of the various municipalities’ newest beauty ambassadors. Our Miss San Pedro is the lovely Michelle Nuñez, and she was crowned by the outgoing Miss San Pedro Solani Graniel.

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The BIG party starts from the night of the 20th. Pomp and circumstance, a 21-gun salute, rousing speeches and to cap it off, grand fireworks’ displays – all come together to bring in the 21st.

The next day, a colorful and vibrant parade through the principal streets of the towns, villages and cities of Belize. Music, colorful costumes, revelry and patriotism come alive every September. It’s our absolute favorite time of year, and we welcome you to celebrate with us!

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Mary Gonzalez writes under the pseudonym ‘Tia Chocolate’. Tia Chocolate enjoys writing short stories that focus on her life growing up in the small Maya village of San Antonio, Cayo District, Belize.

Tia loves (and we mean LOVE) eating and writing about her food experiences, often times trying out new recipes to try and recreate the foods of her memories. She also loves to travel, indulging in the culture wherever she is privy to visit.

She is slave to a giant cat named Kitty Boo Boo, and her cooking exploits are enjoyed by her significant other, Pookie.


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