Thirty three years after that magic day on September 21st, 1981, this year’s theme, “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize,” resonates throughout the country. For over three decades hard working, industrious hands directed by clever minds have created a nation that the world respects and Belizeans can be proud of.
For such a small country Belize has a very big history. Let’s take a brief look:
As Guardian reporter Shane D. Williams pointed out, this year’s parade reflected a growing sense of security and peace in Belize City, as with even with more marchers than ever before, there were no untoward incidents reported among the enthusiasm and partying that continued to build as the throng made its way from Memorial Park through a new, longer route through the city this year.
Belize comes alive during the month of September as the nation celebrates its relatively recent independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981. Independence Day follows St George’s Caye Day on September 10th, the national commemoration of a 1798 battle that marked the turning point of the early Spanish/British Honduras conflict and what is considered to be the defining moment in Belizean statehood.
BELMOPAN – Belize today celebrates the 29th anniversary of its independence with a national fiesta that includes a military parade, cultural events, catering fairs and sport events throughout September.
The Central American country’s territory is 22,960 sq. km. and is bounded on the north by Mexico, on the west by Guatemala and on the east by the Caribbean sea, where it boasts the longest coral reef in the western hemisphere.