The Garifuna communities in Belize celebrate an important cultural tradition during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Habinahan Wanaragua Jankunu Festival (also known as the John Canoe festival) is a traditional Garifuna dance festival which sees masked and costumed dancers parading the streets and roaming from house to house accompanied by the beat of drummers. The festival is held in Dangriga, where Garifuna drummers and dancers from all over Belize gather for a dance showdown.
We wanted to share with you this festive recipe for Rum Popo. Rum Popo is the Belizean equivalent to the holiday drink Egg Nog. It is a traditional drink that is made in homes throughout Belize during the Christmas season. The recipe below makes 4 bottles and is perfect if you are looking to give a unique homemade gift this Christmas. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do and that you can bring the tropical flavors of Belize into your home during the Holidays.
We are seeing some great prices on flights to Belize for January 2017. These flights pair perfectly with our current January trip specials - where if you book by December 31, 2016 you can save $200 per person, on the Epic Belize, Glover’s Reef Adventure Basecamp and Lighthouse Reef Adventure Basecamp trips. There has never been a better time to escape from the cold and enjoy a tropical adventure getaway in beautiful Belize.
Christmas in Belize is celebrated throughout the month of December. It’s the month where Belizeans spend quality time with family and friends. Government offices, banks, and most non-tourism-oriented businesses shut down for the week surrounding Christmas Day. Amongst all Belizeans, Christmas is a time to clean and decorate the house. In preparation for expected or unexpected family and friends, the house is cleaned, often new curtains are hung and Christmas decorations are put out. Sound familiar?
With the big freeze happening in much of North America at the moment, it is easy to let your mind wander and think of warming up somewhere tropical. If travel to Belize has been on your bucket list for a sunny vacation, check out our trip planning tips which will come in handy when you make the decision to get out of the cold.
Need to get away and warm up but not sure how to get there? We have good news. As we approach the start of 2017, taking that much needed Belize vacation has never been easier. Just this year, we have seen new direct flights open up to Belize City from Toronto, Denver and Houston. American Airlines have just introduced a new schedule for flights from the UK, allowing guests coming from London Heathrow to arrive in Belize on the same day. This is all very exciting news for travellers thinking about escaping to Belize in the middle of a cold and long winter or at anytime of the year.