Placencia Belize Chabil Mar Resort Celebrates Battle of St. George's Caye Day on September 10

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Patriotic pageants and parades in Placencia, Belize mark the celebrations and events leading up to Independence Day on September 21.

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General Manager, Mr. Synescio Coh, of Chabil Mar resort in Placencia, tells us about the celebrations held throughout the month leading up to Sept. 10 celebrating the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day and Sept. 21, Independence Day.

"September is a very special month for us in Belize. Visitors to Chabil Mar get to enjoy a very special time of year with us. In addition to the adventure that is Belize, the month of September provides them with an opportunity to experience the Belizean culture in a very unique way."

The Battle of St. George's Caye was a short military engagement that lasted from 3 to 10 September 1798, off the coast of what is now Belize. The battle took place between an invading force from Mexico, attempting to assert Spanish claims to present-day Belize, and a small force of resident woodcutters called Baymen, who fought for their livelihood assisted by black slaves. After the final two and a half-hour battle, ravaged by sickness, the Spaniards withdrew and the British declared themselves winners. History and the uniqueness of an English speaking country in Central America was established."

"On the 100th anniversary of the battle the government of Belize declared 10 September a national holiday. During the 1950s, the "Battle of St. George’s Cay" became “National Day”. National Day was seen as an event that could unite the people. Belize finally attained independence from the British on 21 September 1981. After Independence, the 21st has been given greater recognition."

"In Placencia, we enjoy small festivities, like patriotic pageants and parades, to large celebrations like the Independence Day Carnival Parade -- where you can wear a colorful costume, enjoy a cold beer and dance your way down the Placencia Main Road past Chabil Mar, along with some of the most jovial revelers in Belize. And what would a celebration in Placencia be without a fishing tournament! The Placencia BTIA hosts the Saltwater Fishing Tournament and join anglers from Belize and around the world on a two-day adventure for some of the best inshore and deep water fishing in the country, complete with large cash prizes"

"Chabil Mar is right in the center of the action, being right on the parade route and a walk along the beach to the Village. We celebrate with our guests throughout the September 21 and 22 weekend," says Mr. Coh.

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