Thanksgiving in Belize isn’t that different…

Since Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian holiday, you may believe that it is not celebrated in Belize. However, yes, Belize does celebrate Thanksgiving, and similar to the US, it is in November.

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As for why Belize celebrates Thanksgiving, I am not certain if it is due to the influence of American television or religion, but I believe it may be the latter. I say this because as a kid I remember having to go to church on Thanksgiving Sunday, and it was a big deal. Interestingly, everyone gave special offerings on that day, as a way to show God that we were grateful for our blessings received throughout the year – kids would take a small basket of fruit, and adults would take homemade baked goods. At the end of the sermon, the items would be sold back to the congregation. Lol

I always looked forward to the baked goods of Tia Dodi, her pies were the bomb dot com.

The church sermon would end at noon and we would go home to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal, which was usually baked chicken with stuffing and rice and beans with potato salad, since my mom thought turkey was too dry.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my vignette.

So if you’re Canadian, I guess you know by now that if you go in October it won’t be Thanksgiving in Belize. However, you can always rent a condo or apartment and cook your own dinner, or swap the turkey for seafood! Also, if you visit Belize during this time you’ll get to enjoy some incredible discounts since it is the tourism off season.

As for Americans, if you’re thinking about travelling to Belize for Thanksgiving, I promise you’ll have a great time. If you’re staying at a resort, it will be easy to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with Belizean spices, and if you’re not at a resort, you’ll have to do some research and find a restaurant that will have a turkey dinner special.

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving vacation package, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a popular choice and if you book early, it is discounted.

P.s. Sorry, Belize does not do Black Friday, which in reality, is not a bad thing, right?



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