Posted: Monday, February 6, 2023. 9:01 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On February 5, 2023, the Embassy of Belize in Taiwan and Central America Trade Office (CATO) hosted the inaugural ceremony of the Belize Lantern at the 2023 National Taiwan Lantern Festival.
Last year’s Belize Lantern featured the Great Blue Hole.
This year, the Belize Embassy featured the Jaguar Preserve and Wondrous Wild Life of Belize.
In her remarks, Ambassador Dr. Candice A. Pitts explained that Belize boasts the first Jaguar Preserve in the world, which is located in the Cockscomb Basin range.
The lantern also features national symbols of Belize, such as the national animal, the Tapir; national bird, the Toucan; national tree, the Mahogany; national flower, the Black Orchid.
“This land oriented biodiversity is set against the backdrop of the Maya Ruin, which is one of the greatest features of the glorious legacy of Belize’s ancient Mayan civilization,” the Belize Embassy noted.
Ambassador Pitts concluded by inviting everyone to visit Belize to experience first hand Belize’s natural wonders and to see how God truly favors this beautiful country.
Ambassador Pitts thanked everyone present at the ceremony, including Minister Jack Chen of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Director General Hsin-jen Lin of Tourism Bureau, Commissioner Shu-Hui Chen of Department of Information and Tourism of Taipei City Government, CATO and Belizean performers and students.
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