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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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Sunday June 19, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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Friday June 24, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday August 1, 2022Emancipation DaySecular holiday
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Monday September 5, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday September 10, 2022St George Caye DaySecular holiday
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Wednesday September 21, 2022Independence DayNational Day
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Monday October 10, 2022Indigenous Resistance´s DaySecular holiday
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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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Fathers' Day

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Sunday June 19, 2022
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Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday June 24, 2022
School holidays :

Emancipation Day

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Monday August 1, 2022
Secular holiday :

Summer holiday (end)

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Monday September 5, 2022
School holidays :

St George Caye Day

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Saturday September 10, 2022
Secular holiday : The area was originally settled by the Spanish. In the XVIIth century British settlers came, interested in the mahogany forests. After many conflicts with the Spanish, war broke out in 1796. A Spanish army was sent to expel the British settlers. But in 1798 The battle of St. George Cay was won by a handful of locals Britishers.

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

Indigenous Resistance´s Day

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Monday October 10, 2022
Secular holiday : Celebrated in many countries in the Americas, commemorating the date of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. Similar holidays, celebrated as Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race) in many countries in Latin America, Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Hispanic Day in Spain, and with the recently new name Dia de la Resistencia Indigena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela, commemorate the same event. Columbus Day in the United States is celebrated on the 2nd Monday in October. The first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the USA was held by the Tammany Society, also known as the Colombian Order, in New York on October 12, 1792, marking the 300th anniversary of Columbus's landing in the Bahamas

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
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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.