While Pan-American Day is a nation-wide holiday in Belize, it is much more than a day off work. It celebrates the creation of the country we know today made up of multiple cultural groups.
Celebrated on October 12th, Pan-American Day was originally known as Columbus Day remembering Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492. Belize chooses to no longer refer to the holiday as Columbus Day, as with the arrival of the Europeans came turbulent times.
Instead, Belize celebrates the migration of the Mestizos and the Yucatan Maya into Belize. It marked the beginning of Belize’s multiculturalism, and its reputation for respect and acceptance. We love being known for our friendliness. Happy Pan-American Day, and we hope you enjoy the festivities!