The Belizean culture abisai is a mix of influences and people from
1 Folklore 2 Marriage and family 3 Food and eating 4 Socializing 5 Recreation and sports 6 Music and art 7 Media 8 See also 9 References and notes 10 External links
In Belizean folklore, we find the legends of La Llorona, Cadejo,
the Tata Duende, and X'tabai.
Marriage and family
Belizean marriages are commonly celebrated with church weddings and
colorful receptions featuring food, drink and dance. An increasing
number of Belizean families are headed by single parents, especially
mothers. Due to this trend, many of the present-day youths decline to
pursue marriage and get involved in common law relationships with
their partners. It is not common to encounter youths living with their
parents around the age of 20 or above.
As a consequence of this trend, the most common family structure in
A traditional Belizean dinner.
Belizeans of all ethnicities eat a wide variety of foods. Breakfast consists of bread, flour tortillas, journey (johnny in Creole) cakes, or fry jacks that are often homemade. It is eaten with various cheeses (Dutch cheese, band back cheese, craft cheese, etc.) refried beans, various forms of eggs or cereal (corn flakes, oatmeal) sweetened with condensed milk. Morning beverages include milk, coffee, tea, Milo, Ovaltine, Cocoa, orange juice (fresh or concentrated). Eating breakfast is called "drinking tea." Midday meals vary, from lighter foods like beans and rice with or without coconut milk, tamales, panades, (fried maize (corn) shells with beans or fish) and meat pies, escabeche (onion soup), chilmole (black soup made with black recardo), stew chicken and garnaches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, and cabbage sauce) to various constituted dinners featuring some type of rice and beans, meat and salad or coleslaw. In the rural areas meals may be more simplified than in the cities. The Maya use recardo, corn or maize for most of their meals, and the Garifuna are fond of fish and other seafood, cassava (particularly made into hudut) and vegetables. Local fruits and certain vegetables are quite common. Mealtime is a communion for families and schools and some businesses close at midday for lunch, reopening later in the afternoon. Socializing Belizeans are informal and friendly in greeting one another; it is considered rude not to greet even a slight acquaintance, the clerk or receptionist when entering a place of business. It is, however, considered impolite to greet by first names, (gial, and bwai are common and acceptable) unless one has already established a relationship of some depth (you have had one or more conversations together). A simple nod of the head or shouting is acceptable when passing someone on the street, and acquaintances might also be greeted with any number of introductory phrases as covered here:
Maanin! ("Good morning!") Weh di gowan? ("What is going on?") Aee Bwai! ("Hi Buddy!")
Other acceptable greetings are handshakes, combinations of palms and
fingers touching, thumbs locking and slaps on the back, or even a kiss
on the cheek for someone to show great appreciation and trust. Formal
situations call for use of titles and surnames, and children are
expected to address their elders with Miss/Mister and answer “Yes,
ma’am” or “No, sir” when asked questions but often do not.
Since the late introduction of television in 1980, visiting with
friends is not as common as it used to be. When such a visit does
occur Belizeans generally take care to make even unexpected guests
feel at home. However, arranged visits are more commonly practiced,
arriving without previous notice to a friend’s home may be seen as
impolite or dangerous.
Recreation and sports
Main article: Sport in Belize
The most popular sports are soccer and basketball, and there is
enthusiastic support for league teams formed since the early 1990s.
Other sports enjoyed in
People watch a parade in
List of newspapers in Belize List of television stations in Belize
Public holidays in Belize Religion in Belize
References and notes
^ Peedle, Ian.
Peedle, Ian (1999).
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