There are lots of holidays in Corozal. New Year’s Eve is a very big deal here. They light fireworks at midnight just like in the US. Everybody is outside and celebrating. New Year’s Eve is very special for Belizeans.
Then there is Easter, which is probably the biggest holiday here in Belize. They celebrate for four days, which are Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. So we have four paid holidays in a row there. During Easter, everything shuts down at Thursday at noon and they won’t open until Tuesday again the following week. Not a lot of expats are used to that style of life yet but they take holidays pretty seriously in Belize and they want the workers to rest.
Belizeans have lots of pride in their country and they celebrate. Independence Day is a very big holiday in Belize. This year, the country of Belize will be 35 years old. Most businesses are closed and there are parades on the streets. People got to town and there is a fireworks display just like during the 4th of July in the US, but I feel like there is a lot more pride here in Belize.
They also celebrate Columbus Day here, which they call PanAmerican Day. Christopher Columbus actually found parts of Belize, not in 1492 but in the 1500s. We also have Saint George’s Caye Day, and t Commonwealth Day. Belize has a total of sixteen holidays.
In Corozal, we have a larger Asian population compared to other parts of Belize so the celebration of Chinese New Year is really big here. Even though it is not a Belizean holiday they still celebrate with the dragon dance and fireworks, so it is fun.
(Christmas and New Year's greeting from Orchid Bay, Belize, pictured.)