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Posted: Friday, December 7,2018. 9:22 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Cultural Celebrations video series is one of the National Institute of Culture and History’s (NICH’s) initiatives to promote and safeguard Belize’s intangible cultural heritage.

The series is designed to educate students, teachers, and members of the public about aspects of Belize’s cultural heritage.

On December 5, 2018, Vol. 4 of the series, Fiesta de San Joaquin, was officially launched at San Joaquin primary school and at the Corozal House of Culture.

Two-hundred-and-fifty students, teachers and community members screened the documentary and were also presented with accompanying posters.

The San Joaquin Fiesta is one of the prized manifestations of intangible cultural heritage in Belize.

The celebration is strongly tied to San Joaquin’s village community history and features religious, cultural and social traditions.

The fiesta celebrates the patron saint of the community, San Joaquin, and the village’s origin which is strongly tied to the Caste War.

San Joaquin village was established in 1858 by persons escaping the War.

The safe journey from Mexico to Belize was attributed to the saint San Joaquin. During the fiesta, persons from all over Belize pay pilgrimage and visit the saint at San Joaquin R.C. Church.

The fiesta also highlights traditional dances and music.

Today, the San Joaquin Fiesta has grown into one of the biggest fiestas in Belize.

This volume of the Belize Cultural Celebrations Collection highlights the components of the fiesta and the history of San Joaquin.

The development of this documentary and posters was made possible through kind contributions from NICH, the Fiesta Committee and community members, the National Heritage Library, the Belize Archives and Records Service, and the Belize Tourism Board.

To access the video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffBZou5PlOE

Previous volumes are:

Volume 1: Yurumein https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT_WOwIVy1w

Volume 2: Carnaval https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF50QinG9Tw

Volume 3: Christmas Bram https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF50QinG9Tw

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