Holidays can be subject to arbitrary last minute changes by local authorities!
1 - New Year's Day
Not many traditional festivities on this day. The annual Krem New Year's Cycling
Classic, cycling race from Corozal Town to Belize City - close to a 90 mile ride.
- This national holiday welcomes the new year, takes place annually on January 1.
9 - National Heroes and Benefactors Day, formerly Baron Bliss Day
The culmination of a multi-day 3-person canoe race from San Ignacio to Belize City -
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge from March 6-9. Foot races, horse races across
the country and a regatta by the Bliss Lighthouse in Belize City.
- A national holiday celebrating Belize's benefactors, takes place annually March 9. The Englishman, Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor (Barreto) Bliss, at the time of his death, March 9, 1926, willed some $2 million US dollars in a trust fund to the country of British Honduras for the benefit of her citizens.
- A national holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, takes place annually the Friday before Easter.
and activities. Day of the Holy Saturday Bicycling Classic - round trip from Belize
City to San Ignacio - close to a 140 mile race.
- A national holiday for Easter celebrations, takes place annually the Saturday before Easter.
Bunny and hiding eggs are increasingly common. Parties, festivals and gatherings at
- A national holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.
- A national holiday, takes place the Monday after Easter.
Sporting events and parties follow the annual address given by either the Prime
Minister or the Minister of Labour. Kite contests, cycle races, harbour regatta, and
horse races too.
- A national holiday, held annually on May 1.
- A national holiday celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, held annually on May 24.
- A national holiday in celebration of the British victory over the Spaniards at the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798, held annually September 10.
- A national holiday in celebration of Belize's independence from Britain in 1981, held annually September 21.
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 holiday celebrating Mestizo culture, takes place annually on October 12.
- This national holiday celebrates the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize in 1832, takes place annually on November 19.
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.