Celebrate the Four Days of Easter in Belize
Easter is a very special holiday in Belize as locals celebrate the festival with their unique blend of the exotic and the familiar. All around the country, Belizeans make the most out of the four-day holiday to celebrate Easter in a way that visitors from America, Canada and Europe will partially recognize and partially find engaging and interesting.
In every store window you’ll see plenty of chocolate eggs and bunnies, as well as the familiar marshmallow chicks and jellybeans familiar to Americans. For local Belizeans, Easter dinner includes familiar standards like fry fish, potatoes, and roasted meat but also local favorites like hot cross buns, tamales, garnaches (refried beans on a tortilla), salbutes (fried tortillas topped with cabbage and pulled chicken) and plenty of beans.
The homes and shops use a combination of the usual Easter decorations but add lots of brilliant color from using the blossoms of local flowers and trees. As the weather is almost always gorgeous on Easter, swimming and backyard barbecues are a popular Belizean activity.
The melting pot culture of Belize offers many different flavors when it comes to celebrating Easter. Depending on where you are in the country, it’s possible to witness Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean culture unique to Belize), Mennonite German, Lebanese and Chinese locals celebrating each in their own way. But probably the best aspect of Belize is that the locals are so friendly and welcoming, making even first-time visitors right at home.
In Belize, the atmosphere on Good Friday is solemn. Most of the streets are deserted and it’s common to spot small altars placed outside homes and near churches. Alcohol sales are banned on Good Friday before 6:00 pm and the faithful mark the traditional time of death of Jesus with a moment of silence at 3:00 pm.
In the border town of Benque Viejo del Carmen, a popular re-enactment of the Passion of Christ is held every year. People from all around Belize and in neighboring Guatemala come to the little town to witness the event. In the rest of Belize, the faithful in every town and village follow the Stations of the Cross, culminating with midnight masses.
The following day, Holy Saturday, is more festive as markets are opened and the streets are once again filled with people stocking up on food and other goods ahead of Easter Sunday. Holy Saturday is also the day when the annual Cross Country Cycling Classic is held, the premiere sporting event in the country. Hundreds of cyclists compete to be the first to finish the grueling loop between Belize City and San Ignacio.
After attending church services on Easter Sunday, Belizeans gather in large groups to celebrate and eat. Easter is a family holiday in Belize, the time of year when friends and family return home to visit their loved ones.
Banyan Bay in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Located in Ambergris Caye, the premier island destination in Belize, Banyan Bay is the ideal base to stay for Easter. The resort offers luxury accommodations and a myriad of marine tours like scuba diving the Belize Barrier Reef and snorkeling with nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
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