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The Culture and People of Belize

Population of Belize:
Belize's population is estimated to be approximately 285,700. Belize is a melting pot of many races and over the years the multi-racial make-up has risen through the influx of many people from Central America, North America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.

 

Languages spoken in Belize:
Belize is officially English-speaking, but the Creoles (the largest ethnic group) speak their own colorful dialect as well as standard English. Spanish is the main language in the northern region of Belize and some towns in the west. You may also hear Mayan, Chinese, Mennonite German, Lebanese, Arabic, Hindi and Garífuna (the language of the Garinagu people of Stann Creek district) being spoken.

The Maya built breathtaking temple complexes aligned to the movement of celestial bodies. Although they remained technically a Stone Age culture, they also developed sophisticated mathematics, astronomy and calendars. The Spanish constructed some plain stone churches, but the modern architecture is predominantly British Caribbean in style.

The majority of Belize's population are Roman Catholics, but British influence has created a sizable and varied protestant congregation, including German Swiss Mennonites.

Belize has never really developed a national cuisine. Cooking in Belize borrows elements from the UK, the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. The traditional staples eaten by the people of Belize are rice and beans. These are often eaten with chicken, pork, beef, fish or vegetables. Coconut milk and fried plaintain add a tropical flavor.


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