Public Holidays in Belize
Belize, located in Central America and known for its stunning natural beauty, celebrates a variety of public holidays throughout the year, reflecting its diverse cultural influences and historical events. Here are some of the major public holidays celebrated in Belize:
- New Year's Day (Año Nuevo) - January 1st: Belizeans welcome the new year with festivities, parties, and fireworks, much like many other countries around the world.
- Baron Bliss Day - March 9th: This holiday commemorates the life and legacy of Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, also known as Baron Bliss, a British philanthropist who fell in love with Belize. It is a day for fishing tournaments and sailing races in his honor.
- Good Friday - Date varies (usually in March or April): Good Friday is observed with religious services and processions, reflecting the strong influence of Christianity in Belize.
- Holy Saturday - Date varies (usually in March or April): The day before Easter Sunday, Holy Saturday is marked by religious observances and preparations for Easter celebrations.
- Easter Sunday - Date varies (usually in March or April): Easter is celebrated with church services, family gatherings, and traditional meals. Many Belizeans participate in Easter egg hunts and beach outings.
- Labour Day (May Day) - May 1st: Labour Day is dedicated to honoring workers and their contributions. It often includes parades, rallies, and events advocating for labor rights.
- Commonwealth Day - May 24th: Commonwealth Day celebrates Belize's membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is observed with various cultural and educational activities.
- Sovereign's Day - June 10th: This holiday commemorates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Queen of Belize. It includes parades and other celebratory events.
- St. George's Caye Day - September 10th: St. George's Caye Day marks the victory of British settlers and their African slaves over Spanish forces in 1798, a pivotal event in Belizean history. Celebrations include regattas, parades, and cultural displays.
- Independence Day - September 21st: Belize gained independence from British colonial rule on this day in 1981. The occasion is marked with patriotic parades, music, dancing, and the raising of the Belizean flag.
- Pan American Day - October 12th: Pan American Day celebrates Belize's affiliation with the Pan American Union. It includes cultural events and educational activities.
- Garifuna Settlement Day - November 19th: This holiday honors the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belize in 1832. Celebrations feature traditional music, dance, and cultural displays.
- Christmas Day - December 25th: Christmas is a joyous occasion in Belize, celebrated with religious services, festive meals, gift-giving, and decorations. Parades and caroling are also common.
- Boxing Day - December 26th: Boxing Day is a public holiday, but it is less widely observed than Christmas. Some Belizeans use this day for relaxation and family gatherings.
In addition to these national holidays, Belize also observes some regional and local holidays, such as Township Day in various municipalities. The country's cultural diversity is reflected in its celebrations, and these public holidays offer opportunities for Belizeans to come together, celebrate their heritage, and enjoy the company of family and friends.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Boxing Day||December 26||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|George Price Day||January 15||Monday||Public Holiday|
|National Heroes and Benefactors Day||March 09||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|National Heroes and Benefactors Day Holiday||March 11||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Holy Saturday||March 30||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|