The theme for this year's September Celebrations has been chosen by the National Celebrations Commission.
At the end of May, Commission opened the Competition and "theme players" had 21 days to come up with 10 words to commemorate the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of St. George's Caye and the 38th Anniversary of Belize's Independence.
For one thousand dollars, there were about a thousand entries and the winner was announced today. But, sneaking up as stealthily as those slaves with Pocono bwai sticks - the NICH crew surprised the winner fo the competition today
But, this year it was unveiled in a different way. NICH went to Orange Walk to surprise the winner. They told Eloy Escalante Sr that he was among the finalists and then they sprung it on him - here's how it went:..
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar has been released today! While the calendar is sought after for the listing of events such as the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival King and Queen Competition and the various municipalities' Carnival Road Marches. It is also a guide to the many national events that show our patriotism, our appreciation of our historical achievements and our love for Belize. The annual listing of national, traditional, patriotic and festive events will be delivered and available in your municipalities by the end of the week.
All Belizeans, and the many visitors in Belize at this time, look forward to the more renowned 10th of September’s Official St. George’s Caye Day Ceremony and Parade, the 20th Night’s Official Flag Raising Ceremonies and Fireworks Displays, and the 21st of September’s Official Independence Day Ceremony and Citizen’s Parades. We take this opportunity to encourage your attendance to other key National events such as the Launch of the September Celebrations to be held in Punta Gorda on August 31st as this is the symbolic start of the month of celebration and patriotic pride. September 1st will be celebrated as Flag Day when many homes and offices proudly display of our unique Belizean flag. National Colors Day will be held on September 13th, the National Day of Prayer on the 15th and National Service Day will be celebrated on the 19th. On September 20th the National School Children’s Rally happens throughout the day and is held to bolster the inclusion of the youth in our celebrations and to impress upon them and our communities of the beauty, serenity, and heritage that is Belize.
The 2019 National Celebrations Calendar of Events allows for foreigners and Belizeans, both at home and abroad, to plan their physical or virtual attendance at the various events of interest. The calendar is a reminder that we can use to learn more about our Belizean heritage. It is also a guide to the events that allow us to be counted in the making of history as we move, “From Maya Grandeur to Modern Glory, Together let’s Shape the Belizean Story”.
Here in San Pedro Town the September celebrations will commence with the National Flag Day at the Central Park on Sunday, September 1st which is when the Belizean Flag is raised at 6AM countrywide. On Saturday, September 7th the highly anticipated 2019 Miss San Pedro beauty pageant will take place at the Honorable Louis Slyvestre Sporting Complex at 8PM. Following the pageant, a teen foam party with DJ Debbie will bring the fun and excitement to the Central Park in San Pedro Town, starting at 2AM on Sunday, September 8th.
A fire men engine parade through the main streets of the island will commence the activities on Monday, September 9th at 6PM. After the parade, a ‘Tribute to the Baymen’ ceremony will take place at the Central Park. On Tuesday, September 10th the 221st Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day Ceremony will take place at the Central Park. The ceremony will give a brief history of the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day and witness the official coronation of the 2019 Miss San Pedro. A uniform parade will take place right after, which will end at Boca Del Rio with an after party filled with games and fun.
Friday, September 13th is ‘National Color Day’, and all Belizeans are encouraged to dress in the country’s patriotic colors which are red, blue and white. Saturday, September 14th is the customary Central America and Mexico Independent Night ceremony which will be held at the Honorable Louis Slyvestre Sporting Complex starting at 7PM. The following day, is the ‘National Prayer Day’ where Belizeans are encouraged to give thanks, and on Thursday, September 19th is ‘National Service Day’ countrywide.
On Friday, September 20th the festivities in San Pedro Town will commence with the National School Children’s Rally at the Angel Nunez Auditorium at 8:30AM. Later in the night, the most anticipated Independence Day Eve Celebration Block Party will commence at 8PM leading up to midnight Independence Day on September 21st. On Independence Day on Saturday, September 21st a colorful and entertaining parade will begin from Boca Del Rio area and end at the Central Park for an after party.
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Re: September Celebrations 2019
#538033 08/31/1905:50 AM08/31/1905:50 AM
The route has just been finalized for the carnival which those international judges will oversee.
This year's Carnival - which starts at 1:00 next week Saturday afternoon - will have another new route this year.
It will start as usual on Central America Boulevard at the corner with Faber's Road. And from there it will go, as usual unto Central American Boulevard. But after it crosses the Belcan Bridge, it will turn right unto Freetown Road, and then left unto St. Thomas Street, and head straight to the Marion Jones sporting complex: Left onto Princess Margaret Drive, End at Marion Jones Sports Complex.
Re: September Celebrations 2019
#538044 09/01/1905:30 AM09/01/1905:30 AM
The official launch of the 2019 September Celebrations was held over the weekend in Punta Gorda where chair of the National September Celebrations Commission, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber opened the month-long series of activities. Celebrated under the theme, “From Maya grandeur to modern glory, together let us shape the Belizean story”, this year’s winning motif was submitted by Eloy Escalante from the Orange Walk District. Here’s an excerpt from Minister Faber’s keynote address.
Patrick Faber, Chair, National September Celebrations Commission
“At this opening this opening of our September Celebrations, it is our intention each year to celebrate our heritage and cultural diversity. It is a time where we call to mind the tremendous efforts of our people‘s past and present who have striven to build Belize into a nation that we can be proud of. Their efforts for nation building are geared towards inscribing an appreciation and love for our cultural and historical heritage and imprinting these characteristics into our collective psyche. It is no wonder that this year‘s theme seems fitting for the occasion, the winning theme submitted by Mr. Eloy Escalante from Orange Walk says “From Maya grandeur to modern glory, together let us shape the Belizean story.” This is indeed a narrative that encapsulates Belize‘s history in all its faucets and embraces our indigenous roots. It forces us to embrace all our history and our Maya people who have been here for two thousand years now.”
Belize Carnival Mas Camps Day 2, 25min. The judges visited Junior Bands - Trenchtown Masqueraders, Soca Massive and Collet Royal Revellers followed by Senior Band - Sunshine Masqeraders
Take a look at the costumes, the revellers and the hype.
Re: September Celebrations 2019
#538176 09/09/1910:53 AM09/09/1910:53 AM