Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day in Belize in 2021

Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day in Belize in 2021
Queen Victoria with the flag of the Commonwealth behind.

  How long until Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day?
This holiday next takes place in 324 days.
  Dates of Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day in Belize
2022 Belize Tue, May 24 Public and Bank Holiday
2021 Belize Mon, May 24 Public and Bank Holiday
2020 Belize Mon, May 25 Public and Bank Holiday (in lieu)
2019 Belize Mon, May 27 Public and Bank Holiday (in lieu)
2018 Belize Mon, May 21 Public and Bank Holiday (in lieu)
  Summary
Originally known as Empire Day, this holiday marked Queen Victoria's birthday

When is Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day?

Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day is a public and bank holiday in Belize on May 24th. If May 24th falls on a Sunday, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

This holiday celebrates two aspects that highlight Belize's colonial history - the birthday of Queen Victoria and the Commonwealth of Nations.

History of Sovereign's Day/Commonwealth Day

After Queen Victoria died in 1901, a public holiday was declared across the British Empire on May 24th. This is the birth anniversary of the great sovereign who ruled the British Empire for 63 years.

In the late 1950s, as the British Empire was shrinking, the British prime minister Harold MacMillan announced that Empire Day would be changed to Commonwealth Day. In 1976, the date of the holiday was switched to the Second Monday in March.

Of the 54 members of the Commonwealth, Belize is the only country who still observe May 24th as the date for Commonwealth Day. Canada still observes a holiday for Victoria's birthday on the Monday on or after May 25th. 

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