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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

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    Wednesday December 14, 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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    Wednesday January 4, 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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    Monday March 6, 2023National Heroes and Benefactors DaySecular holiday
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    Friday March 31, 2023Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Saturday April 8, 2023Holy SaturdayCatholic
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Wednesday April 12, 2023Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday June 2, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday December 14, 2022
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    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
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    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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    Wednesday January 4, 2023
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    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

    National Heroes and Benefactors Day

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    Monday March 6, 2023
    Secular holiday : In tribute to an Englishman, Sir Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, a great benefactor of Belize.

    Easter holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
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    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Holy Saturday

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    Saturday April 8, 2023
    Catholic : Paid holiday

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Easter holiday (end)

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    Wednesday April 12, 2023
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
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    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday June 2, 2023
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    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
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