National Symbols


Belize is a small country that is located in the heart of Central America. The official name was changed from British Honduras to Belize in 1973. Belize gained full independence on September 21, 1981. It is one of the many amazing places known for its diverse cultures, lush rainforests, picturesque cayes, and coral reefs. Belize is a country that reflects the many cultures from which it was created. As cultural melting pot, this country is a fusion of diverse peoples, beliefs, and traditions. The major ethnic groups in Belize are Mestizos, Garifuna, Maya, Creole, Chinese, Mennonite, and East Indians. As one of the most culturally diverse countries, these various ethnic groups make this small, vibrant nation bright with their languages and traditions. This diversity is reflected in everything from the food, to the music, to the architecture and so much more. Belize is also the home to thousands of residents who live worldwide, in places like the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The country continues to recognize its growing diaspora as an essential part of its identity. The bonds between Belizeans and their loved ones overseas create a powerful sense of community and shared identity. Belizeans everywhere are known for being intelligent, kind, crafty, strong, and humble.

National Tree:


National Bird:

Keel-billed Toucan

National Flower:

Black Orchid

National Animal:


The National Anthem

Written by Samuel Alfred Haynes

Music by Selwyn Walford Young

Officially adopted in 1981


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 armor, 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!


The National Prayer

Written by George Price

Almighty and Eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealed Your Glory to all nations, please protect and preserve Belize, our beloved country.

God of might, wisdom and justice, please assist our Belizean government and people with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude.

Let your light of Your divine wisdom direct their plans and endeavours so that with Your help we may attain our just objectives. With Your guidance, may all our endeavours tend to peace, social justice, liberty, national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge.

We pray, O God of Mercy, for all of us that we may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Your most holy law, that we may be preserved in union and in peace which the world itself cannot give. And, after enjoying the blessings of this life, please admit us, dear Lord, to that eternal reward that You have prepared for those who love You.