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Baron Bliss Day

Baron Bliss Day is a public holiday in Belize honoring Englishman Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss (1869-1926). When he died on March 9, Bliss bequeathed his entire estate to Belize City. On this day each year, a morning mass and wreath laying is held at his tomb in the Fort Point area. Then there is a regatta in the harbor, a cycle race, and a kite contest. More...
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He came to Belize on a whim; he was simply intrigued by an invitation given to him by an old friend, Willoughby Bullock, who happened to be the Attorney General of Belize at the time.
His yacht, the “Sea King”, dropped anchor in the harbor of Belize City on January 14, 1926. With the great improvement of his health from a bout of food poisoning in Trinidad, Baron Bliss immediately fell in love with the country, which was still a British colony, called British Honduras. He took every opportunity to enjoy fishing in nearby waters. He also visited the cayes and the barrier reef, much to his enjoyment.

A few days before his 57th birthday, he became seriously ill, and that’s when he informed the then Governor aboard his yacht that he wished to leave the bulk of his estate for the people of Belize.

In his will, he donated approximately 1.8 million pounds for the country. With granular details, he painstakingly set out the arrangements for the executors on how to invest his money, and how the proceeds of those investments would go to the benefit of the country and all its citizens. The Bliss Center for the Performing Arts and the Bliss School of Nursing are only two prominent examples of that benefit to Belizeans.

Bonus Fact: Baron Bliss never set foot on Belize’s mainland in the entire 2 months that he spent in the country’s territorial waters. Yet, he saw it fit to gift his fortunes so generously to the country. He was buried on the water front of Belize City, now called Marine Parade.
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