Volume 35 | December 2017

Consulate of Belize

in Flor ida
Traditional Belizean Christmas Traditions
Midnight Mass, Christmas Bram, Garifuna Jankunu Dance, Las Posadas, Mayan Deer Dance, Christmas Tree, Fruit Cake, Steel Band, Christmas Dinner, Rum Popo
Whereever you are, Enjoy!

Consul General's 
Monthly Message

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we bring you human interest stories, current events and information on Belize! Mostly, our purpose is to share all the positive and beautiful things about Belize and its people.

The Consulate of Belize in Florida continues to offer Belizean Passports and Emergency Travel Documents. We are also issuing Identification Cards, facilitating many Belizeans living in Florida with the opportunity to hold an official ID from Belize. Acceptance of these cards at U.S. offices and other institutions, however, depends on their discretion.  
Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize
 in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida

If you are aware of a Belizean residing in the United States who is making a positive impact on the lives of others while contributing to their native country, please submit their story to us so that we may feature them in our newsletter. 

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We thank all our readers for their continued support throughout the years and we wish all of you a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year!

 Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Family 2017 Christmas Message
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 University of Belize Launches MBA Program

On Thursday December 7th, the University of Belize launched its first Master's Degree Program for the Masters of Business Administration(MBA). Minister Tracy Taegar-Panton delivered the Keynote address to the guests of students, professors, media and entrepreneurs in which she applauded the efforts of the University of Belize and the Ministry of Education for their passion towards human and sustainable national development. Minister Panton also commented on the importance of these programs in setting Belize's bar to the highest level so that Belize is not only able to compete with, but also "survive the demands of a globalized world."



On December 8th, a Friday, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children (SEWC), in collaboration with McNab Visual Strategies, launched the 2018 Inspiration Calendar and Agendas. The Inspiration Calendar showcases the artistic works of 12 young artists whose handiwork convey a sense of hope in their bright futures. According to the Office of the SEWC, the event was a success. They were also able to raise $21,000 that will benefit the children of the Inspiration Center. 

Small Scale Farming in Schools

Educating and empowering our children towards a healthy lifestyle through agriculture

 Back in October of this year, we reported that the Taiwan Embassy in Belize donated $5000 to the Small Scale Farming in Schools Project, headed by the Belmopan Police Department. Well, that project is underway and Belize Now visited a couple of the participating schools. According to the Belmopan Police Department, it is expected that around twelve hundred students will be impacted by the project.
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Landmark Beauty of The Month
Let us preserve and protect our historical landmarks!

Paslow Building, Belize City
Unfortunately destroyed by fire in 2002
Belize ranks No. 10 out of 52 countries on Fodor's 2018 Travel list

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Here's a teaser to motivate your travels to Belize

Take a break from the cold and snow and come join us in Belize!


As Belize continues to emerge as a prime tourist destination, developers seeking niche investment opportunities are able to capitalize on Belize's low density high value proposition. On December 1st, 2017, "the world's most private island", Gladden Private Island Resort, opened its doors with an inaugural visit to the island.


"No change black dog fi monkey."
English Translation: "Don't exchange a black dog for a monkey."
Meaning: Don't be fooled by things that have a superficial resemblance but are quite different in what they are worth.
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Recipe of the Month
Belizean Black Fruit Cake 
Christmas Tradition
1 lb. butter
2 lbs. brown sugar
1 pt. stout
½ pt. caramel coloring
1 qt. rum
1 lb. raisins
1 lb. prunes
1 lb. currants
1 lb. citron
1 lb. dates
1 lb. cherries
1 lb. mixed peel
1 lb. pecans
8 eggs
2 lbs. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg 
1 lb. brown sugar for stewing fruit
Cream butter with sugar; add eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder and spices alternately with stout and coloring. Finally, add fruit that has been stewed well with rum and sugar. Line cake pans with brown paper. Fill about ¾ full. Bake in very slow oven (275 degrees) for about 3 hours.
As flavoring improves with storage, it is recommended to sprinkle a little rum before and after storing.
  Recipe from: ambergristoday.com

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