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Belize, a vibrant jewel nestled in Central America, is not just known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse culture but also for its unique and captivating set of holidays. From January to December, the people of Belize come together to celebrate their history, culture, and traditions that make this nation so special. Join us on a journey through the holidays of Belize, where each celebration is a testament to the country’s rich heritage.

January 1st (New Years Day)

The year starts with Belizeans welcoming the New Year with joy and festivities. Locals gather with family and friends to celebrate, often attending fireworks displays and parties that continue well into the early hours. It’s a time for reflection and setting positive intentions for the months ahead.

January 15th (George Price Day)

The long weekend celebrating the First Prime Minister of Belize Hon George Cadle Price. It starts with Belize’s Canoe Association holding is first race of the year on Sunday, January 14th. The Race will start at Henderson’s Bank in Burrel Boom Village and will end in Manatee Lookout near the Philip Goldson Highway. Don’t miss out on the event starting at 9:00 am.

March 9th (National Heroes & Benefactors Day)

This day pays homage to Belize’s national heroes and benefactors who played pivotal roles in shaping the nation’s history. Commemorations include parades, ceremonies, and educational events that highlight the contributions of these remarkable individuals. This is oftentimes highlighted with a memorial at the Barron Bliss lighthouse in Belize City.

March 29th (Good Friday)

As a predominantly Christian nation, Belize observes Good Friday with solemnity. It is a day for reflection on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Many Belizeans participate in religious services and processions, creating a peaceful atmosphere across the country. Be wary when going for a swim on this day, there is a myth that if you go swimming on Good Friday you’ll turn into a mermaid. However most Belizeans enjoy swimming during the Easter Weekend. Keep in mind that on leap years this holiday falls in March, on regular years it falls in April.

May 1st (Labour Day)

Labour Day recognizes the contributions of workers to the nation’s development. Belizeans take part in parades, rallies, and cultural events that celebrate the achievements of the labor movement and workers’ rights.

May 24th (Commonwealth Day)

Belize celebrates its ties with the Commonwealth on this day. Festivities include flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and events that showcase the country’s membership in this international community.

August 1st (Emancipation Day)

This holiday is an occasion to rekindle that sense of pride and forge on as a resilient, strong, courageous, and unified nation that despite unforeseen challenges and history we have managed to maintain cultural survival across generations.

September 10th (Battle of St. George’s Caye Day)

One of the most significant days in Belizean history, St. George’s Caye Day commemorates the Battle of St. George’s Caye, a key event in the struggle for territorial integrity. The day is marked with parades, reenactments, and cultural events, emphasizing the nation’s resilience

September 21st (Independence Day)

Belize gained its independence from British rule on this day in 1981. The entire nation comes together for colorful parades, concerts, and a festive atmosphere. It’s a time to celebrate the nation’s sovereignty and unity.

October 12th (Іndіgеnоuѕ Реорlе’ѕ Rеѕіѕtаnсе Dау)

From Maya to Mestizo and Garifuna to Creole, Maya and African blood runs in the veins of Belizeans and is the core of the country’s melting pot identity. In Belize, Indigenous People’s Resistance Day serves as a poignant occasion to honor and recognize the enduring spirit of the Maya people. This commemoration stands as a testament to the resilience displayed throughout their history, celebrating the survival in the face of adversity, the unwavering struggles against various challenges, and the persistent resistance that has shaped the identity of the indigenous community in Belize. Indigenous People’s Resistance Day symbolizes a collective acknowledgment of the rich cultural heritage and the ongoing journey towards empowerment and equality for the Maya people in Belize.

November 19th (Garifuna Settlement’s Day)

A vibrant celebration of the Garifuna people’s arrival in Belize, this day features drumming, dancing, and traditional rituals. Festivities include reenactments, parades, and cultural displays that highlight the unique heritage of the Garifuna community in places like Baranco, Dangriga, Hopkins, and Seine Bight.

December 25th & 26th (Christmas & Boxing Day)

Christmas in Belize is a time of joy, family, and festivities. While many partake in religious services, the streets come alive with vibrant parades, caroling, and feasting. The warm, tropical Christmas atmosphere is truly one of a kind.

Boxing Day in Belize is a public holiday celebrated as a day of relaxation and leisure. Many Belizeans use this time to continue their festive celebrations with family and friends or participate in community events


Belize’s holidays offer a unique blend of history, culture, and celebration. Whether it’s the patriotic fervor of Independence Day, the rhythmic beats of Garifuna Settlement Day, or the festive joy of Christmas, each holiday paints a vivid picture of Belizean life and tradition. As you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Belize’s holidays, consider making your own memories by experiencing these celebrations firsthand. Come, join us in Belize, and be a part of the vibrant festivities that make this nation truly special. Your invitation to Belize awaits, where every holiday is a celebration of life and community!

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