There’s a whole lot of blue, red and white everywhere this month, as you’ve already noticed in my photos. From the Cayo District, to Toledo and Belize City – no matter how humble the shop or home, the Belizean flag is up.
A Belizean lady told me not long ago that “it’s the silly season.” September is a time to be jovial and positive, no matter what else is happening, the point is to put issues aside and celebrate being Belizean first. I liked her interpretation of it. Let’s all be happy and silly!
There’s a deeper meaning behind the flag of course. The national motto: Sub Umbra Floreo, or “Under the shade, I flourish.” Originally, this was a reference to the country’s dependence on Britain and how despite this colonial giant, the country went on to succeed and flourish. Today, it’s interpreted as a reminder that no matter the hardships in life, one has to keep working hard, keep going and stay positive.
The colors – red, blue and white – represent the two major political parties in Belize, the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party. It means that regardless of political affiliations, everyone stays united.
In the center, symbols of the logging industry, with a mahogany tree in the center, which brought the British to Belize and was a major part of the country’s economy in the 18th and 19th centuries. A white (or is it Kriol?) man, standing next to a black one, another symbol of unity.
Tomorrow is the first major official holiday for the 30th Independence of Belize: September 10, celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye.
I’ll be heading to St. George’s for the morning celebrations; my Tropic Air flight is at 6:30 in the morning… ouch.