By Breaking Belize News Staff: La Fiesta del Pueblo returns to San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk on October 9 after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival was founded in 2001 and was organized in an effort to promote the Yucatec culture of Northern Belize as well as to celebrate the founding of San Jose Nuevo Palmar.
The village, which was the last Yucatec community standing in the Yalbac area, is celebrating its 86th anniversary in its current location after it was relocated under the instructions of King George VI due to a dispute with the Belize Estate Company in colonial times. The area was also considered the first Indigenous reserve in the country of Belize.
Different aspects of the culture will be highlighted including food, dances, music, games, history, religion etc.
The festival starts this year at 7 a.m. with a mass followed by a short parade through town.
The event is being coordinated by the Northern Maya Association of Belize in collaboration with the Palmar Culture Group with sponsorship from the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture.