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Costa Rica : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Colon (CRC)
  • Internet domain: .cr - Telephone code: +506 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: -6 (DST: no)
  • Weekend: Sunday
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    Thursday December 15, 2022Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica (cycling race)Sports events
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    Thursday December 22, 2022New year holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Monday February 13, 2023New year holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday February 15, 2023Expo ConstrucciónTradeshows
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    Sunday March 19, 2023Feast of San José (St José only)Events, celebrations...
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    Friday March 31, 2023Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Maundy ThursdayCatholic or protestant
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday April 10, 2023Heroes DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor DaySecular holiday
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    Tuesday May 30, 2023Reporter's DaySpecial Events
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    Thursday June 15, 2023Arbor Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday June 21, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica (cycling race)

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    Thursday December 15, 2022
    Sports events : Https://www.uci.org/

    New year holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday December 22, 2022
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    School holidays

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    School holidays : Www.mep.go.cr
    calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    Costa Rica was one of the first nations in Central and South America to offer free public education
    PISA ranking (average 493): 420
    Schooling is mandatory till age 16
    schools close on Saturday
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till Jan 2023

    school year is divided into 2 semesters instead of previous 3 quarters

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    New year holiday (end)

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    Monday February 13, 2023
    School holidays :

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Expo Construcción

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    Wednesday February 15, 2023
    Tradeshows : Lasts 5 days - www.construccion.co.cr/ in San José 2023 edition confirmed

    Feast of San José (St José only)

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    Sunday March 19, 2023
    Culture :

    Easter holiday (beginning)

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    Friday March 31, 2023
    School holidays :

    Maundy Thursday

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Maundy Thursday: Commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lord's Supper).

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter holiday (end)

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    Monday April 10, 2023
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    Heroes Day

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Secular holiday : Juan Santamaría (August 29, 1831 - April 11, 1856), national hero

    Labor Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Reporter's Day

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    Tuesday May 30, 2023
    Special Events : Instaurado por decreto de 2010 del presidente Óscar Arias Sánchez en recuerdo del atentado terrorista de La Penca de 1984 Wikipedia

    Arbor Day

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    Thursday June 15, 2023
    cards/flowers :

    Fathers' Day

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    Wednesday June 21, 2023
    cards/flowers :