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Deer Dance Festival
August 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Deer Dance Festival is held in the Maya village of San Antonio in Belize’s southern Toledo District. The traditional festival features a ritualised dance which imitates the hunting of a deer. This is then followed by a very interesting watch, locals scaling a greased pole.
An important heritage practice to the Mayan communities, the deer dance depicts the relationship between the Maya people and the land. The Mayan heritage is deeply connected with the rainforests where the communities have made their livelihoods for hundreds of years. This festival is an important ritual and a nice tradition that has been passed down through many generations.