Yesterday the Corozal House of Culture saw the launching of Volume 2 of the Belize Cultural Celebrations Series titled Carnaval a Pre-Lenten Festivity in Northern Belize. The aim of the video is to preserve our Belizean traditions.

According to Senior Research and Education Officer for the National Institute for Culture and History, NICH, and the Institute of Social and Cultural Research, Rolando Cocom, the video is the result of several years of hard work and it will be accessible to schools and the general populace via DVD’s and Internet.

Screen_Shot_2016-02-09_at_7.55.33_PMRolando Cocom senior research and education officer for institute of social and cultural research a branch of NICH

“Today is the launching of our second in the series of Belize Celebrations called Carnaval, a northern festivity, it is an exciting time for us and it comes after several years of hard work, it began in 2011 when we branch into the social and cultural research began the process of recording information, speaking with community members in Caledonia and as progressively expanded into Corozal town and into San Pedro and also Xaibe.  The project and aim is to safeguard our intangible cultural heritage, this fancy word means that we are and the purpose of our work is to see that songs, folklores, our language, traditions such as Carnaval that we are presenting today but also other traditions such as Christmas Bram, the Ureme celebration which we have already have a video film of produced in 2014 is able to be more accessible to our students and to our general populace; so to safe guard and to make our cultural more assessable and we will be making these DVD’s more accessible to schools and also be placing them online for free viewing for the purpose of the students and the general public can learn and appreciate the dynamic culture that Belize has.”

Since the festivity is considered by some as dying tradition, the hope is to keep it alive by involving technology.

Rolando Cocom senior research and education officer for institute of social and cultural research a branch of NICH

“All traditions and cultures are continuously changing however in the case of Carnaval since 2011 we have noticed some more urgent measures needed to be taken in order for this activity or this event to be safeguarded for future generations so when we started the work in 2011 we began observing that Caledonia was the only community that did Carnaval in a way that was much more resemblance of the past traditions so by that I mean that Carnaval is continuously changing and adopting to our new realities that we have, when Carnaval was done in the 1800’s and early 900’s TV was not accessible we only got TV after the mid-20th Century so Carnaval was a major form of entertainment for our ancestors today  things are a bit different we want to see much more glamorous performances and this is what the Carnaval groups have been adjusting to places like here in Corozal town.”

Volume two of the Belize Cultural Celebration ‘’Carnaval a pre-lenten festivity was also launched in Orange Walk today at the Banquitas House of Culture.

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