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Belize bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2017, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Belize Public Holidays in 2017
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon New Year Holiday
Mar.    Mon National Heroes and Benefactors Holiday
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Sat Holy Saturday
        Mon Easter Monday
May   1 Mon Labour Day
     22 Mon Sovereign's Day Holiday
Sep. 10 Sun Saint George's Caye Day (National Day)
     11 Mon National Day Holiday
     21 Thu Independence Day
Oct.  9 Mon Pan America Day Holiday
Nov. 19 Sun Garifuna Settlement Day
     20 Mon Garifuna Settlement Holiday
Dec. 25 Mon Christmas Day
     26 Tue Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

26 Jan 2017 Belize 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has sent out a press release announcing its official list of annual non-working public holidays in Belize for the calendar year 2017.  29 Oct 2015 Belize 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has sent out a press release announcing its official list of annual non-working public holidays in Belize for the upcoming calendar year 2016.  01 Nov 2014 Belize 2015 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has announced its official list of annual non-working public holidays in Belize for the upcoming calendar year 2015.  20 Sep 2013 Belize 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has announced the official list of annual non-working public holidays in Belize for the upcoming calendar year 2014.  15 Nov 2012 Belize 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has announced the official list of public holidays in Belize for the calendar year 2013.  18 Feb 2012 Belize Public Holiday March 7 (Government of Belize Press Office-Belmopan) The Cabinet of Ministers of Belize has agreed to declare Wednesday, March 7, 2012, a one-off bank holiday and public holiday to coincide with the upcoming election day.  12 Oct 2011 Belize 2012 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has announced the official list of public holidays in Belize for the calendar year 2012.  21 Sep 2011 Belize Declares Public Holiday On September 26 (Government of Belize Press Office-Belmopan) The Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, has announced that Monday, September 26, 2011, would be a one-off public holiday to coincide with the upcoming funeral of George Cadle Price, Belize's first Prime Minister after independence.  06 Dec 2010 Belize 2011 Public Holidays Announced (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has announced the official list of public holidays in Belize for the calendar year 2011.  15 Apr 2010 Belize 2010 Public Holidays Revised (Belize Ministry of National Security-Belmopan) The press office of the Government of Belize has issued a revised list of 2010 public holidays.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Belize public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in Belize are regulated by Section 3 of the First and the Second Schedules to the Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, revised Edition 2003, which includes the amendments made by the Holidays (Amendment) Act 1985 (No. 27 of 1985) which came into force on the 24th December, 1985, by virtue of statutory instrument 47 of 2000.  Weekend Public Holidays: Public holidays falling on a Sunday are usually moved to the following Monday. In some rare cases (eg. Commonwealth Day 2008) a public holiday that falls on a Saturday may be moved to the next Monday, by special decree (usually after the official list of public holidays for the current year has been released). However, the trend over the last years has been to use the discretionary powers afforded by section 9 of the Public Holidays Act, to give a Monday day in lieu when a fixed-date public holiday occurs on a Saturday.  Fixed Date Public Holidays: Some fixed-date, mid-week, public holidays are also moved to the nearest Monday, however this practice is being rethought.  Garifuna Awareness Day: November 19th has been a public holiday since 1943, first in the Stann Creek and Toledo districts. It became a countrywide public and bank holiday on November 19, 1977.  Belize International Codes BZ and BLZ (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .bz (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Belize information and news: Central Bank of Belize (Belize central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Belize maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Belize), and Wikipedia (includes Belize commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Belize, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Belize, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Belize.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Belize, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Belize, before planning any trip to Belize. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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