New Year’s Day is a holiday in Belize as part of celebrations that start on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.
In Belize, fireworks are big, to say the least. There are fireworks displays going on everywhere all over this small Latin American country on New Year’s Eve, to the point that no one has to walk far to get a good view of them. You can normally see them right from your own home.
Plus, people in Belize are keen to gather their own stash of fireworks and firecrackers to set off around midnight. You can see the sky light up and hear bursts of New Year’s spirit popping for hours on end every 31 December.
But it’s not all about the fireworks. It’s also about the food! Turkey is the usual main dish for New Year’s, along with the classic Belize dish of relleno soup.
On New Year’s Day, some people may go to horse races, watch the Krem’s Classic, which is a cycling race from Corozal to Belize City, or eat dinner at the beach out under the stars.