So, it’s September already… Why must it be filled with so many emotions?
Ok, first off: 10th of September – The Battle of St. George’s Caye
Back where I’m from, Belize, we celebrate this day as part of a historical event. The day the British fought the Spanish and so, Belize became a stable British colony, or so we’re told. Truth is, there was no ‘real’ battle, but rather a staring contest between these two fleets. Needless to say, the British won, Belize became the only British colony in Central America and we all celebrate it. Besides, it’s my grandmother’s birthday too.
Next we have: 9/11
We all know what this day is about. It was an unspeakable act of genocide from a terrorist organization. Certainly, the saddest day in modern history. My deepest condolences to those families who lost loved ones during this attack.
And now, September 15th – Guatemalan Independence Day.
I’m currently studying and working in this country. Truth be told, it has become a second home to me, to the point that now I celebrate this day. It’s also a very special day in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, being their day of Independence as well.
Last, but certainly not least: September 21st – Belize Independence Day
In the year 1981, Belize got it’s independence through peaceful means… Something that should be commended as no blood was shed for this goal. Being my home, I’m also very proud even if things in my country are slowly going from bad to worse. It’s also my mother’s birthday, so yay!
And like Green Day’s song…
“Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
wake me up when September ends.”