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#494493 - 08/12/14 11:37 AM The September Celebrations 2014
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The September Celebrations is less than a month away and Belizeans can look forward to a packed calendar of events that has already kicked off with last Saturday’s National Song Competition Final.

According to Communications Officer for NICH Shari Williams, it is a mix of old and new, with star power and serious issues on tap.

Among new events on the calendar are special performances by the visiting Calypso Rose and Machel Montano, as well as a lecture on Belize’s economic development scheduled for September 17.

Official ceremonies to open September Celebrations will take place on St. George’s Caye on August 31; the Expo Belize fair takes place in the first weekend of September, Carnival in the second; and official ceremonies for St. George’s Caye Day and Independence Day take place on Wednesday, September 10 in Belize City and Sunday, September 21 in Belmopan.

This year’s theme for the 216th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and 33rd anniversary of national independence is “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize.”

Patrick Jones


Belize’s Independence Day is one of the most important cultural events in the country. While the actual day is on September 21, the event includes festivities throughout the country for almost two weeks leading up to the national holiday.

In early Belize history, the country was under Spanish rule, but Spain did not actually control the area due to a belief that it did not have sufficient resources to gain the country’s full attention. Spain allowed British settlers into the area, and the British eventually gained a large presence. During the Battle of St. George’s Caye, the Spanish and British fought for about a week in September 1798, and this essentially led to British rule of the country. The British held control over the area until it was granted self-government in 1964, and it was renamed Belize from British Honduras in 1973. Belize finally attained independence on 21 of September 1981.

The Expo

The Expo Belize Market Place is one of the largest events in the country and is usually attended by over 15,000 people. It is highly popular, and many citizens attend to participate in a wide range of activities that range from dancing and singing to shopping with local vendors and enjoying delicious local food.

Battle of St. George’s Caye Day Festivities

While Belizean Independence Day is on September 21, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day is on September 10 and typically marks the beginning of celebrations. On that day, radio stations begin to play patriotic music and people wear the country’s colors. Crowds gather at the town square, people have family picnics, and there are public dances.

Local Parades

There are numerous local parades and marches that take place throughout the country in large and small towns alike. These may feature floats, bands, marchers and many people dressed in cultural attire and the country’s colors of red, white and blue. These are vibrant displays of patriotism that are typically held on September 21, but some parades are held on different days during the almost-two week long festivities.

Live Musical Concerts

In addition, there are live musical concerts planned throughout the country each year. These may be smaller events that are held in villages as well as grand celebrations that bring together hundreds or even thousands of people. These events often are a celebration of the culture of the country, but they also display the citizen’s deep level of patriotism.

Children’s Events

While the national events are designed for those of all ages, there are some events that are planned each year especially for the kids. One of the more popular events is the talent show competition. While some of the children who participate in the events have talents that are not related to the country or patriotism, others may sing patriotic tunes or play musical instruments. These are fun events for the participants as well as for the audience.

Carnival Similar to celebrations held in many Caribbean and Latin American countries, Belize’s Carnival draws hundreds of performers and spectators to the streets of Belize City. Thousand of bystanders watch as performers march and dance to the tunes of popular music in elaborate costumes vying for the title of king and queen of Carnival.

J’ouvert Over a thousand party-goers engage in the annual paint and chocolate festival through the streets of Belize City. This event is done on the early morning on Carnival Day.

Larry Waight

The September Celebrations Calendar of Events 2014

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#494653 - 08/15/14 06:16 PM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

The September Celebrations is less than a month away and Belizeans can look forward to a packed calendar of events that has already kicked off with last Saturday’s National Song Competition Final.

According to Communications Officer for NICH Shari Williams, it is a mix of old and new, with star power and serious issues on tap.

Among new events on the calendar are special performances by the visiting Calypso Rose and Machel Montano, as well as a lecture on Belize’s economic development scheduled for September 17.

Official ceremonies to open September Celebrations will take place on St. George’s Caye on August 31; the Expo Belize fair takes place in the first weekend of September, Carnival in the second; and official ceremonies for St. George’s Caye Day and Independence Day take place on Wednesday, September 10 in Belize City and Sunday, September 21 in Belmopan.

This year’s theme for the 216th anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye and 33rd anniversary of national independence is “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize.”

Patrick Jones


September Celebrations in Belize

Belize’s Independence Day is one of the most important cultural events in the country. While the actual day is on September 21, the event includes festivities throughout the country for almost two weeks leading up to the national holiday.

In early Belize history, the country was under Spanish rule, but Spain did not actually control the area due to a belief that it did not have sufficient resources to gain the country’s full attention. Spain allowed British settlers into the area, and the British eventually gained a large presence. During the Battle of St. George’s Caye, the Spanish and British fought for about a week in September 1798, and this essentially led to British rule of the country. The British held control over the area until it was granted self-government in 1964, and it was renamed Belize from British Honduras in 1973. Belize finally attained independence on 21 of September 1981.

The Expo

The Expo Belize Market Place is one of the largest events in the country and is usually attended by over 15,000 people. It is highly popular, and many citizens attend to participate in a wide range of activities that range from dancing and singing to shopping with local vendors and enjoying delicious local food.

Battle of St. George’s Caye Day Festivities

While Belizean Independence Day is on September 21, the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day is on September 10 and typically marks the beginning of celebrations. On that day, radio stations begin to play patriotic music and people wear the country’s colors. Crowds gather at the town square, people have family picnics, and there are public dances.

Local Parades

There are numerous local parades and marches that take place throughout the country in large and small towns alike. These may feature floats, bands, marchers and many people dressed in cultural attire and the country’s colors of red, white and blue. These are vibrant displays of patriotism that are typically held on September 21, but some parades are held on different days during the almost-two week long festivities.

Live Musical Concerts

In addition, there are live musical concerts planned throughout the country each year. These may be smaller events that are held in villages as well as grand celebrations that bring together hundreds or even thousands of people. These events often are a celebration of the culture of the country, but they also display the citizen’s deep level of patriotism.

Children’s Events

While the national events are designed for those of all ages, there are some events that are planned each year especially for the kids. One of the more popular events is the talent show competition. While some of the children who participate in the events have talents that are not related to the country or patriotism, others may sing patriotic tunes or play musical instruments. These are fun events for the participants as well as for the audience.

Carnival Similar to celebrations held in many Caribbean and Latin American countries, Belize’s Carnival draws hundreds of performers and spectators to the streets of Belize City. Thousand of bystanders watch as performers march and dance to the tunes of popular music in elaborate costumes vying for the title of king and queen of Carnival.

J’ouvert Over a thousand party-goers engage in the annual paint and chocolate festival through the streets of Belize City. This event is done on the early morning on Carnival Day.

Larry Waight

The September Celebrations Calendar of Events 2014

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#494910 - 08/23/14 11:36 AM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Taiwan Will Sponsor September Fireworks

This year, your September fireworks and a whole lot more in the celebrations month is going to be underwritten by the Taiwanese Government. This afternoon the September Celebrations Commission received a donation of forty thousand dollars from the Ambassador of Taiwan.

Co-Chair of the Commission, Diane Haylock said that the Taiwanese have been longtime supporters of the celebrations.

Diane Haylock - Co-Chairperson, September Celebrations Committee
"As everybody knows that Ambassador Benjamin Ho who is relatively new. As the ambassador he has live and work in Belize before but he is back this time as the ambassador and this is our first opportunity to work with him in the support of the work that we do. You know that its celebration time in Belize and as has been the case for quite some time the Embassy of Taiwan in Belize has contributed faithfully to the resources that we make available to do all the various activities that are carried out throughout the country of Belize and we are grateful to once again receive the contribution that they are making to the 2014 calendar of events. As you may know Taiwan is very big on culture and so I think that it is on that basis that they find it within themselves to make that contribution to our celebrations. And we are really grateful to them because you know our government always gives us a handsome amount, but it's never enough for all the things that we want to do and so as the national celebrations commission we go out and we find additional resources and I must say that the embassy of Taiwan has been a faithful supporter."

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of Belize's Independence and the 216th anniversary of the Battle of St. George's Caye. The Taiwanese have their Independence Celebrations in October.

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#495007 - 08/26/14 11:11 AM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Belize National Carnival Queen and Princess

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has appointed a National Carnival Queen and Princess to hold the symbolic honor of overseeing the National September Celebrations. The BTB and the Orange Walk Town Council appointed (and sponsored) the 2014 - 2015 National Carnival Queen & Princess.

In a photo shoot that took place in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, National Carnival Queen Janel Magaña and National Carnival Princess Rosely Vasquez donned their colorful and exotic cultural costumes that represent the vibrant celebrations that is Belize’s patriotic and Carnival season.

“The National Carnival Queen and Princess of the Nation of Belize have been bestowed with the high task of ensuring that all of the National September Celebrations festivities throughout the glorious Land of the Free, this jewel we call Belize, go forward with all the grandeur befitting the beautiful people of Belize in this their time of celebration.”

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#495065 - 08/27/14 05:05 PM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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September Celebration Dance

September 9th, Bird's Isle, 9pm - 2am. $15 each

Featuring The "Imperial Band" & "Caribbean Roots Band" from Corozal


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#495176 - 08/30/14 11:25 AM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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NOTICE FROM NICH

The Public is advised that there has been a change of venue for the official opening ceremonies for the September Celebrations 2014. The ceremony which was schedule to occur at St. George’s Caye on Sunday has been relocated to the House of Culture, Old Government House in Belize City. This is as a result of inclement weather conditions forecasted for the weekend.

The ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday August 31st, it is free to the general public and all are invited to attend!


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#495236 - 09/02/14 10:45 AM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Celebration Season Opens, Officially

And though it is not a celebration, per se, the lionman event is part of the September Calendar. The official launch of the Celebrations Season took place on Sunday at the official opening ceremony. It is usually held on Saint Georges Caye but due to bad weather it was held this year at the House of Culture.

Here's what the Co-Chair of the National Celebration's Commission told the gathering:

Diane Haylock - Co-Chairperson, September Celebrations Committee
"On behalf of the government of Belize and as co-chair of the national celebration commission I extend to you a warm welcome to the launch of this year's national 2014 September Celebrations. Today marks the start of a month of patriotic events being held under the theme "Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize." This year's theme composed by Ms. Denise Bowman and I like at this moment to see if Denise is here. Yes please give her a hand. Ms. Bowman in her theme captures the spirit of growing nation united, developing and embracing its worth in the evolution of many young democracies in the world to date. For this year's festivities, the national celebrations commission has put together what we consider a remarkable series of activities over the ensuing weeks. This calendar of activities will only excite your imagination, but will also inspire a spirit of togetherness and renewed appreciation of our jewel Belize."

This year marks the 216th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George's Caye Day, and the 33rd anniversary of Independence.

Channel 7



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A sneak peek at the launch of the September Celebrations 2014
at the House of Culture on Sunday August 31st...The event was well attended (10 photos)


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#495285 - 09/03/14 11:26 AM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Sir Barry’s Belikin Bash is Here Again

The Sir Barry Bowen Belikin Bash, formerly known as Belikin Fest, is a popular event in string of activities for the September Celebrations. The three-day event, which is traditionally held at the Memorial Park in Belize City, starts this Thursday night and will feature your favorite beverages produced by the Bowen group. It’s a fun-filled family event that also sees thousands of persons gathering to see mega performances from artists such as Supa G, Sweet Pain and the Gilharry Seven. This year, there are several new performers as well as a grand surprise on the final day of the Belikin Bash. Digital Media Coordinator, Juan Carlos Cuellar, says that the September roll out for the company starts with a big announcement on Open Your Eyes on Thursday morning.

Juan Carlos Cuellar, Digital Media Coordinator, Bowen & Bowen

Juan Carlos Cuellar

“It’s this September fourth, fifth and sixth. As everybody knows, it is a three-night free concert featuring all Belizean line up. And this year, what we decided to do as well is bring in different genres of music, people from different parts of the country. Yes you are going to have the usual people that are there to highlight everything, like Sweet Pain Band and Supa G, but we are also trying to diversify the type of music that we have available to appeal to everyone. It’s going to be a fun event out at Memorial Park and it is something I know everyone looks forward to and as always, as it has always been, it is going to be a safe and fun concert to participate and see.”

Duane Moody

“What new features does the show have?”

Juan Carlos Cuellar

“New features…we got a few toys in as far as lights and that kind of effects are concerned, so we intend to debut that at the bash. It is always fun when we get in new equipment and we can play around with that. As far as the artists, I’m sure they’ll take the opportunity to debut the new songs that they have lined up as well. So everyone is looking forward to what the event has to offer. OUT 01:38

IN 01:51 You have your nonalcoholic beverage tent which will include the Coca Cola line up and products as well as Crystal water. And of course we have the Belikin tent which will feature our Belikin line up which is Belikin beer, Belikin stout, lighthouse; we’ll also have Belikin in cans and we’ll have it in drafts as well. We will also have Guinness and Smirnoff available for sale. As much as we like having fun over Belikin, we are also very much concerned to the security; it is paramount for us. Just as previous years, police presence will be out there, security is going to be tight. We encourage everyone to just come out and have a good time. The police is out there to have a presence and to ensure that everyone behaves in an orderly fashion and that’s what we expect. It’s gonna be interesting starting off on Thursday….we have a major announcement starting Thursday morning on Open Your Eyes and that’s gonna be the beginning of a roll out for us, so to speak, for the rest of September and we also have another major announcement on Saturday night, the last night of bash, so we encourage people to come out and take a listen to what that might be.”

For the remainder of the week, mas camps are taking place and the weekend is dedicated to the King and Queen competition as well as the equally popular Expo Marketplace. 

Channel 5


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#495324 - 09/04/14 11:02 AM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
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Mas Camp Madness, Night One

The Carnival Road March is just ten days away and the hyped-up leadup to the big event started last night with the media rounds at the mas camps. Monica Bodden made it to three of them and she has this report:…

It is contagious and spreading rapidly - and so far it seems like there isn't a cure for the Carnival Fever.
The first night of the annual carnival mas camps started off with 5 junior bands –
From what we could see, things were intense as the revelers- all pumped up with energy -demonstrated some of their latest carnival moves in front of our camera.

Patricia Flowers– Trench Town Masqueraders

"This year Trench Town Masqueraders are portraying looking in the sky. When you look in the sky it is about our universe, the sun the stars the rain, the rainbow. And we also portray them as day and night."

Monica Bodden

"How many revelers taking part this year?"

Patricia Flowers

"Well we have 71 right now, but we need 75, so we still short of 4. But after tonight, we will get that."

Ian Young – Sunshine Masqueraders

"For this year our team is from invasion to nation. We chose that theme because for many years other carnival groups have been portraying bits and pieces of different cultures, so this year we decide to bring everything together and actually give a brief history of our country, where we stand and what we are all about. So over this side we have the Indians. Instead of using the Maya Indians, we are using Native American Indian, so there is a little bit of twist to it. If you notice we have the pink and blue. The Indians have the blue, which represents crystal waters and the pink represents the femininity because that is one of the queen's group, Queen Azalea which means crystal water. Over this side we have the pirates and the buccaneers, these were people who were sailing the coast line of Belize from Mexico all the way to Panama. And the British pirates to be exact, were stealing all the treasures from the Spaniards pirates. We wanted to use these specific colours in terms of purple and black. The purple represents the lost souls and the black represents the dark ages of the pirates or piracy. For the last group he have the multi-culture which is the nation. We went from invasion to nation, the last group represents the cultures we have in Belize. All of us coming together living as one in order to let our country become a developed country. The 4 cultures we are focusing on are the Garifuna, which is yellow. The Chinese, which is the gold and red. The Creole, for the Creole we decided to use the colours of the flag, so we went with red, white and blue. The Maya, which is the green and white."

Our next stop was at Jump Street Posse - where we spoke with Band Leader Marina Welcome who gave us a synopsis of her theme, Mystical Warriors of the Amazon.

Marina Welcome – Jump Street Posse

"We are doing Mystical Warriors of the Amazon. The first team is the Amazon Warriors, Princess Mia and the Amazon Warriors. You know when you go into the rainforest, you have to fantasise a bit. Stepping into the rainforest you will meet Princess Mia and her warriors protecting the rainforest. They become the Amazon Warriors because in their time, the female was separated from the males, they only meet when they are mating, so that is why they are the warriors. Princess Mia's mother was Queen Harmonia. When you go deeper in the rainforest, it wouldn't be a rainforest if they weren't any beautiful flowers, that is why we come up with black orchard, the butterflies, the lily, the red-bell, that's all you going to meet in the rainforest. And when you go a little deeper, a rainforest cannot be a rainforest without Zoo-loos. So that's when you are going to meet Kamadela the King, and his warriors, the Zoo-loos."

Duane Moody, Channel 5 News

"Tell me about going into the competition this year, how secure you feel with regards to sticking to criteria and being creative with it."

Marina Welcome

"You can see what I got, and I am very confident in what I do. My costumes are unique, they are original. As you see it, you know exactly what you are seeing. I have a lot of confidence in that."

Tonight, the journey continues as Monica and CAMERA MAN Codie Norales are visiting four more camps, the Evolution Mas Band, the Pickstock Carnival Band, Mother Nature and Erotic Mas Band.

Channel 7


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#495351 - 09/04/14 06:01 PM Re: The September Celebrations 2014 [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
The San Pedro Sailing Club that operates from the Caribbean Villas Hotel will be holding a sailing demonstration on Wednesday, September 10th at Central Park.

The fun starts at 9am at Central Park - The San Pedro Town Council will be crowning our new "Miss San Pedro" and there will be a uniform parade.

Sailing demonstrations will be held from noon until around 3pm.

The SPSC will be selling food and drinks at the park.

Please support our club by buying lunch and a few drinks and cheering for the kids.

We look forward to seeing you then.

www.sanpedrosailingclub.com

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