September is definitely the most festive time to be in Belize, and Belizeans certainly know how to celebrate BIG! It’s the time when work slows down and everyone looks forward to the different patriotic events and colorful festivals celebrated countrywide. The entire country shows off their national colors – red,white and blue, and those living abroad come home as visitors flood the country join the month long festivities.
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If you’ve ever wanted to go back in time to see the way people once lived, get ready for the journey of a lifetime at Belize’s Barton Creek Cave! The scenic 60-minute drive to reach the cave is half the adventure: the trip allows you to experience two completely different cultures in one day.
Your first cultural experience starts as soon as you enter the Mennonite Community of Upper Barton Creek. A slow moving and ultra traditional group of people, the Mennonites still opt for horse-drawn buggies over motorized vehicles. This hardworking group of people are also credited with providing the local markets with much of its produce, grain and dairy.
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
- 4 ounces ginger root, grated
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 cups coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Although Belize is known for its beautiful sunshine, from time to time, we do get rain. If by chance you are here and this happens, here are some suggestions for rainy day activities:
1. PRIVATE COCKTAIL CLASS
Hone your cocktail skills with a lesson from one of our own master mixologists. Join for a tasty lesson in creating a unique blend of local cocktails and refreshing versions of classics.
Mango Season is in full bloom right now in Belize, so we’re giving you the recipe for one of our favorite Ka’ana cocktails: the Mango-Jalapeño Margarita! Have a little taste of Belize at home!
We call it The Refresher! One taste and you’ll see why…
Every culture has their own unusual ‘delicacies’ and Belizeans are no exception. Maybe due to the mix of cultures that settled here; the escaped Africans slaves as well as the German Mennonites, Maya (and more) over the years who brought their own customs and traditions. Mash that into one melting pot and you have a plethora of bizarre!
1. Meet the Gibnut or Paca, also affectionately known as the Royal Rat (since served to Queen Elizabeth II on her Belize visit some years ago). Many Belizeans will tell you its a must-try delicacy. Check out Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern gibnut feast here.
The jade head was discovered at in the Belize District’s Mayan site of Altun Ha in 1968 by Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada. The head, along with forty other objects, had been placed within a large tomb that was located below the stairblock on the Temple of the Masonry Altars. At the center of the tomb were the remains of an elderly adult male. This elite person was likely an important ruler of the site during his lifetime and may have commissioned an artist to produce the large carved object. We do not know the exact date that the head was carved, but analysis of cultural remains within the tomb suggests that the burial, and accompanying grave goods, were deposited in the structure sometime between 600 and 650 A.D.