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Alex Jenkins looks at what festivals should not be missed in Central America.
Unusual Festivals Across Central America
Central America’s annual festivals reflect ancient traditions while embracing new modern customs, resulting in fascinating quirky events.
Here are a few of them…
Chocolate Festival, Belize, May 20-22, 2016
Every year, Punta Gorda in Toledo district in southern Belize enjoys a festival celebrating Mayan chocolate.
Chocolate lovers travel to the festival to discover what is new in the world of chocolate making, while tasting some of the best chocolate products available on the market.
This year will be the ninth edition of this three day feast, which will be inaugurated with a wine and chocolate tasting on the first evening. This will be followed by a Taste of Toledo street fair featuring cultural displays, music and chocolate tasting.
The last day of the festival is held on the Sunday with live performances from Mayan harp groups, Garifuna drumming and Mayan dances complete with a range of drinks made from cacao.
San Pedro Lobster Fest, Belize, June 15, 2016
Locals in four parts of Belize celebrate the start of the lobster season with the annual Lobster Fest, the biggest gastronomic event of the year.
The Lobster Festival is held in the town of San Pedro on the Island of Ambergris and consists of a whole week of outdoor food stalls offering lobster cooked in every way possible: grilled, ceviche, kebabs and chowder.
International Festival of the Mayan Coast, Belize, July 4-6, 2016
This is the biggest annual holiday in Belize that celebrates the unification of Mayan countries across Central America.
These are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and all take part in the festivities hosted in the town of San Pedro on the Island of Ambergris.
During three days dancers, performers and musical entertainers line the streets of the city while festival goers can enjoy daily fiestas, music ranging from reggae to merengue and salsa, parades, food stalls loaded with traditional cuisine and a fantastic atmosphere.
Traditionally the festival is inaugurated with the crowning of the Queen of the Mayan Coast during a beauty pageant in which contestants from each Central American country compete to offer the best representation of the Central American coast.
Mejorana Festival in Guarare, Panama, September 2016
The national Mejorana Festival celebrated in the city of Guarare in the Los Santos Province in Panama is the country’s most important folkloric event, which annually remembers the Spanish culture which is present in Central America.
The festival was named after a musical instrument called the mejorana – the most prominent and authentic musical instrument of the region.
The festival includes a series of musical presentations, competitions, folkloric dances, traditional singing, bull fights, all aimed towards promoting Panama’s traditions and culture.
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March 31, 2016 Travel and Lifestyle