September Celebrations Kicks Off on St. George’s Caye Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Official launch of the National September CelebrationsOn Sunday, September 1st, the Governor General of Belize, Sir Colville Young, led a large group of government officials, diplomats and patriotic citizens to St. George’s Caye to officially open the September Celebrations. The people on the island commemorating the brave stance of a group of Baymen, African slaves and free blacks 215 years ago included descendants of those Baymen and slaves as well as Mestizos, Mayas, Garinagus, Taiwanese and East Indians who call Belize home today.

The National September Celebrations Commission made the decision to start launching the September Celebrations from St. George’s Caye in 2009. Hon. Manuel Herredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Culture and Chair of the Celebrations Commission, said the decision was made because “we must always remember that the road to nationhood started at St. George’s Caye”.

Today, St. George’s Caye is home to some 250 residents. The Chairman of the Community Council is John Searle Jr. Searle and the other residents of the island were very welcoming on Sunday. They took a break from the slow, peaceful and quiet nature of the island to embrace the huge crowd and loud festive music. Searle says he always love when the September Celebrations Commission visits because it always mean good things for St. George’s Caye. In 2009 Minister Herredia proclaimed St. George’s Caye a Historical Site. Then in 2010 the cemetery was established as an archaeological reserve.

In 2009 the opening of the September Celebrations was an afternoon event for government officials, members of the diplomatic corp. and invited guests. Now it is an all day event and numerous families made it out to have picnics on the island. There was also a large group of Belizeans from the Diaspora. The opening is quickly becoming one of the more popular events of the September Celebrations as Belizeans are familiarizing themselves with the stage of Belize’s greatest stance. The September Celebrations is now open.