The Official Schedule of Activities for Belize Emancipation Day Is Here!
by Carolyn Lee Jul 25, 2022
On Friday, 22 July 2022, the Ministry of Science, Culture, and Technology released the official schedule of events and activities for Emancipation Day. The festivities precede Belize’s 41st Independence Day celebrations on 21 September.
Activities begin on 28 July 2022, when the National Institute of Culture and History presents a virtual exhibit relaunch of the documentary, Heritage of Slavery and Emancipation in Belize, via Facebook Live. The National Library Service and Information System hosts Libations at the Library at 11am at Turton Library Centre (Belize City) and the National Heritage Library (Belmopan) via Facebook Live.
The Eve of Emancipation Church Service takes place at the Queen Street Baptist Church at 10:35am on 31 July 2022 and will be live on Facebook.
Schedule of Activities for Emancipation Day
Emancipation Day (1 August) activities include the Council of Churches Tolling of Bells at 6am (countrywide), Institute of Archaeology – NICH, and Archaeology of Emancipation: Evidence of Resistance (all day on Facebook), Museum of Belize – NICH, Emancipation Day Educational Video Series and Words of African Continuity Premiere (Live on Facebook).
The National Institute of Culture and History and the National Kriol Council present the Official Emancipation Day Ceremony at 9am with live coverage via Love FM and TV. Traditional Kriol Food Sale and Community Activities start at 10am and conclude at 2pm at Yabra Green, Belize City.
The National Kriol Council hosts the Emancipation Virtual Lecture, delivered by Professor Emeritus Pedro Welch at 1pm (Live on Facebook and Love TV). Finally, football enthusiasts can check out the Ebo Town Festival and Football Tournament beginning at 1pm and ending at 7pm at Yabra Green, Belize City.
Belize gained independence from Britain on 21 September 1981. Belizeans typically celebrate this national holiday with two weeks of parties, street exhibitions, and parades.
To stay abreast of further updates or possible changes in the schedule, visit the Ministry of Culture, Science and Technology or the Belize National Celebration Commission’s social media channels.