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Belize : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months


Currency: Dollar (BZD)
Internet domain: .bz - Telephone code: +501 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: -6 (DST: no)
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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Wednesday September 21, 2022Independence DayNational Day
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Saturday November 19, 2022Garifuna DaySecular holiday
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Friday December 16, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022Boxing DaySecular holiday
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Tuesday December 27, 2022St Stephen's DaySecular holiday
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 2, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday January 15, 2023George Price DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 23, 2023Chinese New Yearcards/flowers
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Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Independence Day

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Wednesday September 21, 2022
Secular holiday : British Honduras became Belize after the independence was granted by the UK in 1981

Garifuna Day

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Saturday November 19, 2022
Secular holiday : The Garifuna ethnic group makes up to 8% of the local population. Other population, essentially Black, came from neighbouring islands at the beginning of the XIXth century.

Christmas holiday (beginning)

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Friday December 16, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

Boxing Day

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Monday December 26, 2022
Secular holiday :

St Stephen's Day

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Tuesday December 27, 2022
Secular holiday : Remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

New Year's Day

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Sunday January 1, 2023
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Christmas holiday (end)

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Monday January 2, 2023
School holidays :

George Price Day

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Sunday January 15, 2023
Secular holiday : A statesman who served twice as the head of government of Belize from 1961–1984 and 1989–1993. He served as First Minister and Premier under British rule until independence in 1981 and was the nations first prime minister after independence that year. He is considered to have been one of the principal architects of Belizean independence. Today he is referred to by many as the Father of the Nation . Price effectively dominated Belizean politics from the early 1960s until his 1996 retirement from party leadership, serving as the nations head of government under various titles for most of that period. from 2021

Chinese New Year

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Monday January 23, 2023
cards/flowers : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. NOT a public holiday

Valentine's Day

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Tuesday February 14, 2023
cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February