As September dawns upon Belize, the nation bursts into a month-long extravaganza of vibrant colors, pulsating music, and rich cultural heritage. Known as the “September Celebrations,” this annual event commemorates the country’s independence and showcases the harmonious blend of diverse cultures that make up the nation’s identity. This year marks Belize’s 42nd Independence, and the chosen theme is “𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗜𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱, 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱, 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘄𝗲𝗱: 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲@𝟰𝟮!” From historical parades to lively street parties, Belizeans and visitors alike come together to revel in the spirit of unity, patriotism, and pride.
Carnival Road March
The streets of Belize City come alive during the Carnival Road March, a high-energy parade that takes place in various cities and towns throughout the country. Colorful costumes, feathered headdresses, and vibrant masks are proudly worn by participants who dance to the rhythm of soca, calypso, and punta music. The atmosphere is electric as spectators join the revelry, creating a whirlwind of joy and camaraderie. Belize City’s Carnival will take place on the 9th of September and Corozal’s Carnival will take place on the 16th of September.
St. George’s Caye Day – September 10th
On September 10th Belizeans celebrate St. George’s Caye Day, honouring the historic battle of 1798 when British settlers and their slaves successfully defended the country against Spanish invaders. The locals commemorate this victory with boat races, regattas, and water sports competitions. The sea comes alive with sailboats, canoes, and dories, creating a festive atmosphere along the coast.
Independence Day – September 21st
The pinnacle of Belize’s September Celebrations is Independence Day on September 21st. In 1981, Belize gained independence from British colonial rule, and this significant moment is commemorated with grand ceremonies and festivities. The day starts with the patriotic sounds of the national anthem filling the air as the Belizean flag is proudly hoisted. Families and friends gather to attend parades all around the country, where beautifully decorated floats, high schools and marching bands take center stage.
This year will be the 9th annual Soca Fest in Belize City. It is a high-spirited and exhilarating celebration of music, dance, and Caribbean culture. Held annually, this vibrant festival gathers locals and tourists alike to revel in the infectious rhythms of soca music. The event brings together talented musicians, energetic dancers, and passionate enthusiasts from various backgrounds, creating a melting pot of cultures and an electric atmosphere. With its pulsating beats, catchy lyrics, and infectious dance moves, soca music fills the air, and the crowd sways to the infectious tunes. This year’s soca fest will see Beenie Man and Patrice Roberts headlining. There will also be a special international dj set by DJ Ana and Ultra Simmo, with other Belizean artists and djs to be added to the lineup.
Belize’s September festivities are a captivating fusion of history, culture, and national pride. The celebrations not only honor the country’s independence but also serve as a reminder of its diverse heritage. Visitors are welcomed with open arms, encouraged to immerse themselves in the local traditions, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Belizean people. Whether it’s witnessing the grand parades or savoring the delectable cuisine, September in Belize is an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impression on all those fortunate enough to be a part of it.
Where to stay in Belize City to experience the Carnival Road March and the Soca Fest:
Offering a cozy and affordable stay, it is conveniently located near major attractions and the bustling city center, making it an ideal choice for budget-conscious travelers seeking comfort and convenience.
This sophisticated hotel offers a perfect blend of modern comforts, leisure facilities and warm hospitality, making it an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers seeking an unforgettable stay in Belize.
Nestled in a charming colonial building, The Great House Inn captures the essence of old-world charm in Belize City, offering a delightful blend of history and modern comforts, making it a charming choice for travelers looking for a unique and cultural stay.
A tranquil retreat by the Caribbean Sea, providing guests with breathtaking ocean views, contemporary accommodations, and a range of leisure facilities, ensuring a relaxing and memorable stay in this tropical paradise.
For a complete list of events happening country wide in the month of September click here: https://www.moecst.gov.bz/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/National-Celebrations-2023-Final-Version-Belize@42-Calendar-of-Events.pdf