On Friday our school celebrated Culture Day. Like the USA, Belize is comprised of many cultures. Like the USA many of the people are proud of their ancestors' traditions and still speak their family's language, eat their culture's food, sing and dance to traditional songs and occasionally hold religious rituals that are associated with their culture. Unlike the USA, Belize actively promotes cultural acceptance, integration and respect. It's one of the highest values of Belize society. To that end, our school and several others celebrated "Culture Day" where we talked about the different cultures in Belize, the foods associated with each culture and how we respect and honor each other.
Here you see four children from the Infant 1 class. Adrienne (dressed in Mestizo clothing), Luke (dressed as a Mennonite), Morine (dressed in Garifuna clothing) and Mia (also dressed in Garifuna clothing).
The Garifuna are descendants of African slaves whose ship crashed on the shores of Belize and freed them. They are mixed with native Arawak Indian people, have a rich musical culture, and speak Garinagu.
About 45% of Belize is Mestizo (Mexican-Maya descent).
Hindu (East Indian): 2%
(% lifted from the CIA World Factbook: Belize. 2013)
Chelsea is wearing the shirt that many Mopan Maya women wear everyday. It's not a costume. It's more of a way to show their identity. The Mopan Maya culture is in southern Belize. They are primarily subsistence farmers.