In Belize a holiday is just that--a holiday, no work for most. These celebrations can last more than one day!! Everything is closed for the duration! More time to party!
Words to the wise: "Be prepared"
Holidays can be subject to arbitrary last minute changes by local authorities! Example - The Cabinet of Ministers of Belize agreed to declare March 7, 2012 as a "one-off" bank holiday to coincide with the election day. Rumor has it that Columbus Day may be moved to October 15 this year.
Here's a list of Belizean national holidays for the remainder of 2012:
Many of these are new celebrations to US expats, so I've added a brief description of the "why" for each holiday.
12 and/or 15 - Columbus aka Day of the Americas or Pan American
Celebrated by fishing tournaments, parades, beauty contests and music. Most
festivities can be found in Cayo, Orange Walk and Corozal where the Mestizo
culture is predominant.
- A national celebration of Mestizo culture, takes place annually on October 12. I heard it may be moved to Monday, October 15.....
especially in Dangriga.
- This national holiday celebrates the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize in 1832, takes place annually on November 19.
Uniquely Belizian is the introduction of Deer Dance, cultural foods and music.
- This national holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, takes place annually on December 25.
- Also known as St. Stephen's Day, this national holiday has it's roots in long-ago Britain with a tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate, often coins in a box as a Yultide "tip"--gifts to equals were exchanged on or before Christmas Day. Takes place annually on December 26.