During our first evening in Belize, we were able to take part in a Christmas celebration in the capital of Belmopan.There was music, dancing, Santa’s arrival and a Christmas Tree lighting much like you might imagine would happen in America. The biggest difference was the crowd. I can only estimate threr were three or four thousand people in attendance for this event. It was a very festive event, where we got our first real taste of the culture of this country.
I managed to record a group of young women singing the national anthem of Belize. Due to my ancient Kodak Easy Share camera’s lack of low light video quality the image is hard to see, but the singing is clear. I hope you enjoy this post.
Belize National Anthem Lyrics
O. Land of the Free by the Carib Sea,
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty!
No tyrants here linger, despots must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy
The blood of our sires which hallows the sod,
Brought freedom from slavery oppression’s rod,
By the might of truth and the grace of God,
No longer shall we be hewers of wood.
Arise! ye sons of the Baymen’s clan,
Put on your armour, clear the land!
Drive back the tyrants, let despots flee –
Land of the Free by the Carib Sea!
Nature has blessed thee with wealth untold,
O’er mountains and valleys where prairies roll;
Our fathers, the Baymen, valiant and bold
Drove back the invader; this heritage hold
From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon,
Through coral isle, over blue lagoon;
Keep watch with the angels, the stars and moon;
For freedom comes tomorrow’s noon.