September Celebrations, Belize Style

It's been a busy month for PADF's office in Dangriga, Belize. We thought we would share a few of the highlights from September, which is a month of celebrations throughout the country. The fun begins on St. George's Caye Day. What's that, you ask?

"While historians disagree whether there was a battle, a skirmish, or anything else, what is for sure is that after September 10, 1798 the British Baymen settlers began to claim the area, known as British Honduras, as their own," says PADF's Belize project manager Minerva Pinelo. "In 1961, British Honduras was granted self-government by the British government, and on September 21, 1981 Belize became an independent nation. Both historical events are celebrated, with festivities beginning from early September."

September 10 St. | St. Georges Caye Day (National Day)

PADF participated in Belize's 10th of September Battle of St.George's Caye Parade in Dangriga, Belize.

While historians disagree whether there was a battle, it's clear that after September 10, 1798 the British Baymen settlers began to claim the area, known as British Honduras, as their own. The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Belize Renewed, Confident, Competitive, and Committed.”

September 19 | National Service Day

PADF donated tools including rakes and wheelbarrows to beach volunteers in Dangriga. Recipients included groups from Harlem, South Havana Beach and Brother and Sister's Keeper.

Service Day commemorates the life, work, dedication and service of the late Rt. Hon. George Price. It is a day set for Belizeans to carry out community service projects in order to make a positive change through hard work and service.

September 21 | Belize Independence Day

In 1961, British Honduras was granted self-government by the British government, and on September 21, 1981 Belize became an independent nation.