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Latino Daily News

Tuesday September 21, 2010

¡Felicidades! Belize on Your 29th Year of Independence

Today, all of Belize is celebrating and rejoicing its 29th-year old independence from England.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it occupied the region, enslaved native populations and gave occupation rights to the British. In 1862 it was declared a British colony until it was granted the right to self govern in 1981. 

Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, was a Mayan stronghold which enabled them to hold off Spanish conquest efforts in the 1500’s when the majority of Mexico and Central American was colonized.  However the Spanish did give British the right to occupy the land until the decisive battle of St. George’s Caye where Belize was successful against removing Spanish rule. 

September is a festive time of year in Belize. People all over the country gather at public venues to enjoy entertaining and educational performances in honor of two very important national holidays in the month of September. These are the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day- September 10th and Independence Day- September 21st.  It is tradition in Belize for celebration to begin at the beginning of September and continue through Independence Day, extending festivities to almost three weeks.