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 is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos— a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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