Public Holidays in Belize in 2023

There are 14 public holidays in Belize in 2023, and five of them fall on weekends: Saturday and Sunday.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1, 2023, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.

George Price Day
George Price Day is one of the newest public holidays in Belize, and it is established in 2021 to honor the memory of the first Prime Minister of Belize, the Father of the Nation. It falls on January 15, 2023.

National Heroes and Benefactors Day
National Heroes and Benefactors Day was in honor of Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, although it is now to honor all Belizean heroes and benefactors. In 2023, it falls on March 06, 2023.

Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. In 2023, Good Friday is celebrated on April 7, 2023 in Western churches and April 14, 2023 in Eastern churches.

Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the day before Easter Sunday and after Good Friday, and it is a public holiday in many countries. It falls on April 8, 2023.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The holiday is observed on Apr 10, 2023 in Western churches and April 17, 2023 in Eastern churches.

Labour Day
Labour Day is observed on May 1, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Emancipation Day
The holiday commemorates the anniversary of when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into force and the abolishment of slavery in Anguilla on August 01, 1834. It is observed on August 01, 2023.

St. George's Caye Day
St. George's Caye Day is a public holiday in Belize, observed on September 10, 2023. The holiday commemorates the end of the Battle of St. George's Caye, which was fought between Spaniards from Mexico and the Baymen, the resident woodcutters.

Independence Day
Independence Day is a public holiday in Belize, and it is observed on September 21 each year. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of Belize's independence from Britain in 1981.

Indigenous Peoples' Resistance Day
Indigenous Peoples' Resistance Day is a public holiday in Belize, observed on October 09, 2023. The holiday celebrates the migration of Mestizos and Indians (Hispanics) from Yucatan, Mexico into Belize in the mid-1800s.

Garifuna Settlement Day
Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, and it is observed on November 19 each year. The holiday commemorates the arrival of the Garifuna people in Belize on November 19, 1802.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day and is widely known as a shopping holiday in some countries. It falls on December 26, 2023.

The following is the list of public holidays in Belize in 2023.

HolidayDateWeekdayNote
New Year's DayJan 01, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
New Year's Day HolidayJan 02, 2023MondayObserved
George Price DayJan 15, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
George Price Day HolidayJan 16, 2023MondayObserved
National Heroes and
Benefactors Day
Mar 06, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Good FridayApr 07, 2023FridayPublic Holiday
Holy SaturdayApr 08, 2023SaturdayPublic Holiday
Easter MondayApr 10, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Labour DayMay 01, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Emancipation DayAug 01, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday
St. George's Caye DaySep 10, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
St. George's Caye Day HolidaySep 11, 2023MondayObserved
Independence DaySep 21, 2023ThursdayPublic Holiday
Indigenous Peoples'
Resistance Day
Oct 09, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Garifuna Settlement DayNov 19, 2023SundayPublic Holiday
Garifuna Settlement Day HolidayNov 20, 2023MondayObserved
Christmas DayDec 25, 2023MondayPublic Holiday
Boxing DayDec 26, 2023TuesdayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Belize in 2023.

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