Belize Independence Fever: Pan Yaad at the Belize House of Culture


What a beautiful night yesterday! Standing by the sea, moon rising, watching and listening to five or was it six different steel bands – young and old – playing their hearts out together at the House of Culture in Belize City. I’m told last night was the largest crowd at this event in four years.

Everyone was enjoying the old school and Caribbean beatsfrom Kool & The Gang to soca tunes on steel pan not to mention the stunning decor of reds and blues against the House of Culture’s majestic white.

The countdown to Belize’s 30th Independence has definitely begun… four more days to go till the 21st. Or actually, the 20th evening for the raising of the Flag and the fireworks.

Speaking of, I still need to get a flag – I could’ve used one yesterday to jump up with the others at the end of the show!

In the meantime, off I go to cover yet another September Celebrations event.

More images from Pan Yaad night coming soon.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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