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Banquitas House of Culture presents Juan Carnaval Exhibition

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020. 8:21 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) is inviting the public to the popular celebration of the ‘Juan Carnaval’ exhibition.

NICH says that it is committed to the education, promotion, and safeguarding of Belize’s cultural heritage and emphasizes the importance of educating younger generations on the importance of the tangible and intangible aspects of culture.

The Maya intangible heritage that has seen a recent revival known as “Juan Carnaval” or “Carnaval,” which was a popular celebration carried out in the northern districts of Belize.

This tradition was customarily celebrated three days before Ash Wednesday, ushering in the Lenten season.

“Juan Carnaval” is a significant tradition carried out by individuals, groups, and communities as a living practice of their beliefs.

“Carnaval” in Northern Belize consisted of groups performing dances, dramatizations, and plays targeting a current social issue within the community. These performances are known as “Comparsas”.

This year the Banquitas House of Culture will be hosting the annual Juan Carnaval Exhibition on February 22.

The celebration will commence with a Parade at 8:00 a.m from the Banquitas House of Culture, down Queen Victoria Avenue, onto Bakers Street, through Lovers Lane and culminating at the Central Park for the start of the Comparsa Exhibitions.

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