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From Cocoa to Chocolate: Celebrate the Heritage of the Maya

Chocolate is a beloved treat enjoyed worldwide but holds significant cultural importance for many cultures. In Belize, the cacao plant used to make chocolate has a rich history and cultural significance for the Maya. Chocolate played a vital role in ceremonial beverages and ritual offerings for the ancient civilization, and their descendants still use the cocoa plant today to create some of the best artisanal chocolate.

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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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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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Corn – A staple on Belizean Tables!

From simple corn tortillas to tamales and tamalitos, we love corn. We even consume it in traditional drinks such as atole and pozole. Not only is corn a staple in the Belizean diet, but its cultural significance is a major source of pride.

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Awestruck by Caracol Maya site’s Majesty

The latest census figure for the entire country of Belize is under 400,000 within 8867 square miles. So you can imagine how difficult it is to understand how one 75 square-mile site could have housed half our current population. But, that’s the archaeological belief – that Belize’s largest Maya site – Caracol, was home to 200,000 Mayas, housed in around 35,000 buildings.

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The many faces of Belize!

When defining Belizeans’ ethnicity, there is a list of 7 kinds to choose from – 9 if you include some recent additions. It’s what makes Belize great!

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#MBB Yucatec 101

So a while ago we introduced you some of key Kriol phrases you should master before visiting Belize. We’re glad that you enjoyed that and…

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