The National Celebrations Commission is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Playbill and Calendar of Events, which includes celebrations, commemorations and other programs around the country.
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the free booklet will be distributed throughout the districts, and is also available at the NICH Administration office in Belize City, as well as the Bliss Center and the Belize Tourism Board. The calendar covers events taking place in August and September, and includes programs sponsored by a wide variety of organizations and businesses.
One major change in the 2016 lineup is that there will be no St. George’s Caye Official Opening Event due to damages related to Hurricane Earl. Instead, there will be an address by Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., Chair of the National Celebrations Commission. This address will be broadcast nationwide.
Celebration highlights include:
• Queen of the Bay Pageant, Aug. 27
• Carnival King & Queen, Sept. 3
• Mas Camp, Sept 7-8
• Pan Yaad, Sept. 9
• St. George’s Caye Day ceremony, Sept. 10
• Miss Belize Universe Pageant, Sept. 10
• Jouvert, Sept. 17
• Carnival Road March, Sept. 18
• Official flag raising, Sept. 20
• Independence Day ceremony, Sept 21
In addition to the events above, there will be The Belize History Association Annual Lecture (Sept. 7), and The Belize @35 Lecture will be held in late November. These two events are being held under the auspices of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research).