by Oscar Ramjeet
BELMOPAN, Belize — Mexico is celebrating its 200th anniversary of independence as well as its 100th anniversary of its revolution and is joining with five Central American countries to celebrate their independence with a massive cultural festival and concert this weekend at the Governor General’s Field in Belmopan, Belize’s capital.
In Mexico, there will be the celebration of El Grito next Thursday, where there will be a massive military parade, which will be attended by Belize prime minister, Dean Barrow and his wife Kim, as well as dozens of other heads of government and diplomats from other parts of the world.
In Belize, September is the month of national celebrations, and also has patriotic fervour among Belize’s northern and southern neighbours. Central American countries, except Panama, will be holding joint celebration with Mexico and Belize.
Marcelino Miranda, press officer of the Mexican Embassy in Belize was on Channel 5 Belize television explaining Sunday’s event.
He said, "A big cultural festival and concert and this is made by the embassies of Mexico and Central American countries — that is Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Everybody is joining together with Belize in celebrating the independence day of all these countries.
“The main objective is to come together and to share the culture, the dance, the music of all these countries with the Belizean public. The event is free to all the public from 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm. We are going to have a fireworks display at the end of the event.
“After the firework, Supa G will perform to the public. For this festival, we will have groups from many countries. Traditional dancing groups from Guatemala, from Mexico, from El Salvador and we are also going to have the national dance company from Belize and the Nu Genration dance group."
Belize’s governor general, the ambassadors of United States, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom are expected to attend Sunday’s colourful celebrations, which thousands are expected to attend.
Belize, a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which took over the presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA) on July 1, will celebrate its 29th anniversary of independence on September 21.