Battle of St. George’s Caye Day is a national public holiday in Belize, celebrated on September 10th to recognize a triumph in a key battle against the Spanish in 1798.
Battle of St. George’s Caye Day: History and Significance
From the 16th century, the Spanish had been making attempts to control the region of the Yucatan coast which incorporates modern-day Belize. They never settled because of the absence of natural resources and the hostile Indian tribes.
The first Europeans who put down roots were British sailors; either shipwrecked or in some cases having ‘Pirate’ on their CV.
Known as Baymen, these Europeans got comfortable the Belize City territory during the 1650s after acknowledging they could get by cutting and exporting logwood back to Europe.
The significance of the timber industry to the nation has appeared on the flag of Belize, whose seal includes a woodcutter’s starter pack – three axes, a saw, and a mahogany tree.
During the 18th-century, the Spanish made a few endeavors to take responsibility for the region. The contention proceeded notwithstanding a few treaties being signed by the Spanish and the British which should shield the rights of the Baymen.
On September 10, 1798, the Spanish attacked the settlement with 32 boats and more than 2,000 troops. They engaged with the Baymen at St. George’s Caye and regardless of the staggering Spanish numbers, the Baymen won a decisive triumph, that finished Spanish interest in the region.
In 1862, Britain officially announced the settlement of a British Crown Colony, subordinate to Jamaica, and named it British Honduras.
How is St. George’s Caye Day Celebrated?
Different Festivities happen to mark the holiday remembering an official ceremony for the eve of September 10th, with fire-works and cultural presentations. On September 10th, a beautiful carnival parade with coasts portraying the national symbols of Belize.
St. George’s Caye Day is likewise followed 11 days after the fact by another eminent holiday, Independence Day, which denotes Belize’s independence from Britain in 1981.
In contrast to numerous nations, Independence Day isn’t the National Day of Belize, that honor is held for St. George’s Caye Day, Belize.
Saint George’s Caye Day is a preface to Independence Day in Belize, however, it additionally has numerous celebrations of its own, and the off-work day is used by numerous individuals in the nation to get out and see a natural beauty that surrounds them.
The Battle of St. George’s Caye is one of Belize’s most significant history recorded since 1798. In this aspect of the year, all Belizeans get eager to keep the tenth day of September as it is a Public and Bank occasion. It is a day to take back to us a memory of triumph, to consider the opportunity we have now, and to remember that we were once protected by our solid Baymen.
On 10 September Belize recognizes a day of triumph. In this aspect of the year, Belize is spruced up with its devoted hues: white, blue, and red. For such a period as this, the administration gives an open door for schools from edge to edge to think of a convention. Schools frequently have their drum groups, pom-pom young ladies moving, and even have a buoy with large sound systems playing music on their meeting.
Typical music played for rallies is The Tenth Day of September by B. F. Abeling. It is so much fun going out in the roads to see the youngsters commending a meeting, since you get the opportunity to hear the drums being played, observe how the pom-pom young ladies go out along to the rhythms, and you find the opportunity to tune in to our tunes of triumph. This generally happens a day or two preceding the tenth of September.