Baron Bliss Day
National Heroes and Benefactors Day, also known as Baron Bliss day is a national holiday celebrated in the country of Belize. Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is geographically located in Central America but is considered a Caribbean nation due to its history. It also happens to be the only english speaking territory in Central America.
Sir. Henry Edward Earnest Victor Bliss (Baron Bliss), a British national, who spent much of his time sailing, visited the shores of British Honduras(Belize C.A.) after leaving Trinidad with a bad case of food poisoning. He later succumbed to his illness and on March 9, 1962, was buried in Belize City. The anniversary of his death is now celebrated as National Heroes and Benefactors Day, formerly known as Baron Bliss Day.
Baron Bliss, willed nearly two million Belize dollars to a trust fund for the benefit of Belizean citizens. His will dictated specific instructions on how his money was to be used. A portion of his trust is used for a boat regatta. These are held annually in honour of the Baron.This is a celebration which includes a wreath laying ceremony at his memorial park and a regatta. In this park observers will also view the memorial lighthouse. Beneath the lighthouse lies the Baron’s tomb which overlooks the harbour.