Three Timeless New Year’s Day Traditions in Belize

by Khaila Gentle

New Year’s Day — it’s a time for traditions and resolutions all over the world. And Belize’s is no different. While each family and culture may have their own unique traditions (and superstitions) surrounding the new year, there are some occurrences on January 1 that are quintessentially Belize. Here are three of them:

1. The Krem Cycling Classic

Belizeans has a number of popular cross-country cycling races. Image via Belize Tourism Board


The KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic has been a Belizean staple since 1991. Every year, on January 1, spectators line the streets awaiting their favorite cyclists. It’s the second most prestigious race in the country, after the Holy Saturday Cross Country Race and is anticipated by thousands months in advance.

On the day of, cyclists from across the country gather at the starting line in the Corozal District and race all the way to Belize City. For many cycling enthusiasts, it’s an exhilarating way to start the new year.

2. Horse Racing in Burrell Boom

Burrell Boom Village is a popular locale for horse racing. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

Burrell Boom is one of the many villages located in the Belize River Valley. On holidays and special occasions, this quaint village comes alive with festivals and family gatherings. That includes on New Years Day. On January 1, visitors can head over to the track to watch some horce racing. Enjoy live music, delicious treats, and lots of other fun activities for the entire family.

3. Fireworks (And More)

Photo by Thom Milkovic on Unsplash

Of course, it’s not New Year’s Day without fireworks. In addition to firework shows across the country, adults and children alike revel in the excitement that comes with setting sparklers alight.

How will you be bringing in the new year?

Featured Image by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash. The team at Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous new year!  

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