Belize to Celebrate 36 Years of Independence in September

On September 21, 2017, Belize will celebrate 36 years of independence. After centuries as a British colony, Belize became a fully sovereign nation on September 21, 1981, and is today a proud member of the British Commonwealth.

Each year, Belize holds a nationwide contest to choose a theme for the Independence Day celebrations. This year, the winning theme chosen was, “Confronting Challenges! Celebrating Triumphs! Renewing our Resolve!” as a way to both honor the country’s heritage as well as inspire Belizeans towards an even greater future.

September is widely known as “Patriotic Month” in Belize as it is when several key national holidays happen. On September 10, Belizeans celebrate The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day to celebrate a key naval victory by English colonists over a Spanish fleet offshore of the island of St. George’s Caye (islands are called “cayes” in Belize) in 1798. Prior to that date, the British and Spanish had vied for control of the rich logging resources in Belize, but the Battle of St. George’s Caye ensured that Belize would become the only English-speaking colony in Central America.

September is a time when Belizeans from all over the world return home to celebrate the patriotic holidays with friends and family. The streets of every town and village are bedecked in the national colors of red, white, and blue, and each locality holds parades, street dances, musical concerts, and other events. The radio stations play patriotic songs, and there are recitations of patriotic poems and other stirring reminders of the glorious history of Belize.

Falling during the “low season,” September is one of the best times to visit Belize. Travelers can benefit from reduced fares on lodging and organized tours, and there is a lot to see and do all across the country. The weather is almost always cooperative, with trees and flowers blooming seemingly in patriotic support of the historic events that are celebrated all month long. And the September 21 Independence Day festival always culminate in tremendous fireworks shows that simply shouldn’t be missed.

“September really is a great time to visit Belize,” said Larry France, the marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “Everyone is in a great mood due to the patriotic holidays, and it’s really a great time to see parades, street dancing, fairs, and other exciting events.”

Chabil Mar, a luxury resort located on the Caribbean shores of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, is the perfect place to stay for travelers visiting the country in September.

Prepare for the End of the World Marathon in Placencia, Belize

What began in 2012 as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the supposed prediction of the end of the world according to the ancient Maya calendar is now one of Placencia’s most popular sporting events. Every year in December, a fun half and full marathon footrace takes place on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize.

In 2017, the End of the World Marathon will begin promptly at 5:30 AM on December 10. Runners competing in the full marathon will start at Placencia Village at the southernmost tip of the peninsula and race up the beach, passing through Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach before reaching a spot just south of Riversdale. Half marathons will then join the race as runners compete to be the first to cross the finish line back at Placencia Village.

Registration ends on October 15, 2017, and the admission fee includes a pasta dinner, attendance at the award ceremony, a post-race party, and a midnight beach soiree at the world-renowned Tipsy Tuna bar.

Far more than just a sporting event, the End of the World Marathon is a fun way to experience the pristine beauty and stunning panoramic views along the route. All proceeds from the marathon go towards providing scholarships for disadvantaged youths in the area. Along with the half and full marathon race, a two-mile fun run will also be held on the morning of the event, with plenty of participants running in colorful and zany costumes.

The original End of the World Marathon in 2012 took place on December 21, 2012, an event that millions of people around the world awaited with bated breath due to the Maya calendar supposedly predicting the end of a cosmic cycle. The original marathon was a tremendous success and has evolved to become one of the most festive regional events on the yearly calendar.


Chabil Mar has been a proud sponsor of the End of the World Marathon since its inception and is located just a short distance from the starting, making it the perfect place for participants to enjoy all the excitement of the race as well as soaking in the beauty of Placencia and the nearby Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a mecca for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.

To enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize, consider one of Chabil Mar’s Belize vacation packages that offer first-class accommodation and tours to the most popular sites in the country.

For more information about the End of the World Marathon, please don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606.

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