Corozal has a lot of traditions. As an example, on the first Friday of each month, they have an event called “Art in the Park” where people meet and bring artists and wood carvers. A lot of expats meet at that event. The event gets a lot of attendance - about 300-400.
The Corozal House of Culture, which is a non-profit organization in Corozal, holds events once or twice a month. In January, they hold a concert on the 13th, when there’s a full moon. This event is marketed in the expat community.
The market is a big stop for everyone in Corozal. All expats and locals meet there, and they learn about the good days of the week when the fresh produce arrives. Frank’s Meat Products is an expat butcher shop that has some of the best cuts of meat and other things that expats like. There are also a couple of other stores that have targeted expats and bring in more imported goods and liquors.
Holidays are really big for Belizeans. Independence Day is a really big deal here in Belize, as well as New Year’s Day, Easter, and Christmas- bigger than they are in the US. Belizeans celebrate way more than expats. For example, Easter is celebrated more sincerely here in Belize as opposed to other places. During Easter, everyone gets together and everyone is given 4 days off. They close the whole town: the banks are closed for 4-5 days in a row sometimes, and government offices are closed. Everyone takes off.
During Christmas and New Year’s Day, families get together, and they travel to different places where they have other family members. A lot of people have family living in Belize City and San Pedro who come back to Corozal for the holidays.
(Event held by the Corozal House of Culture, Corozal, Belize, pictured.)