Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine January 2019 - Page 108

EVENTS BELIZE JANUARY 1 Horseracing in Burrell Boom 331,900 (2013) SIZE 22,966 sq. kilometers This is an annual all-day event held at the Sylvestre Stadium in Burrell Boom. Enjoy a day of fun, food and music amidst the day’s racing events. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE CAPITAL CITY FEBRUARY 5 - 8 POPULATION English CURRENCY Belizian Dollar (1 US Dollar equals 1.98 Belizian Dollar) Belmopan San Pedro Carnival The town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye comes alive the week before the Catholic season of Lent begins. This is their carnival celebration, where they enjoy a period of festivity with parades, flour “fights”, contests, music, local art, local food, fun and merriment, and more. Then, for the next 40 days, Lent, a solemn period of fasting and abstinence will be observed. AVERAGE TEMPERATURE 260 C / 800 F MARCH 8 - 11 La Ruta Maya River Challenge A three-day 174 mile canoe race from San Ignacio to Belize City. MARCH 9 National Heroes and Benefactors Day (Baron Bliss Day) This is a national holiday, dedicated initially to Baron Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, a British traveller, who willed most of his fortune to the country. The day is marked with ceremonies and wreath-laying at his grave. In 2008, the name of the holiday was changed from Baron Bliss Day to its current name. An annual kite festival and the annual harbour regatta are both held on this day. Belize MARCH 14 San Cas Belmopan Cycling Classic This is an annual race which originates in Belize City, with cyclists riding to Belmopan, the capital, then back to Belize City for the finish. Photo Credit: Belize Tourism