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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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    Saturday june 15, 2024Arbor Daycards/flowers
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    Friday june 21, 2024Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Friday june 28, 2024Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday july 22, 2024Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday july 25, 2024Guanacaste AnnexionSecular holiday
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    Friday august 2, 2024Virgin of Los AngelesSecular holiday
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    Thursday august 15, 2024Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Monday august 19, 2024AssumptionCatholic
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    Saturday august 31, 2024The Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican CultureEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday september 1, 2024Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican CultureSecular holiday
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    Friday september 6, 2024Children's DaySchool holidays
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    Monday september 16, 2024Independence DayNational Day
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    Saturday october 12, 2024Optional holidaySecular holiday
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    Sunday december 1, 2024Army Abolition DaySecular holiday
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    Thursday december 19, 2024Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica (cycling race)Sports events
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    Friday december 20, 2024New year holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Arbor Day

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    Saturday june 15, 2024
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    Fathers' Day

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    Friday june 21, 2024
    cards/flowers :

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday june 28, 2024
    School holidays :

    Summer holiday (end)

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    Monday july 22, 2024
    School holidays :

    Guanacaste Annexion

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    Thursday july 25, 2024
    Secular holiday : Guanacaste was originally a separate province in Spain's Central American Empire. Spain gave the region to Nicaragua in 1787, but in 1812 granted the land to Costa Rica so that Costa Rica would be large enough to be represented in the new colonial government, which ruled from Guatemala. After independence from Spain in 1821, both Costa Rica and Nicaragua claimed Guanacaste. Inhabitants of the region remained divided as well. The issue was finally put to vote, and the Guanacastecos favoring Costa Rica won.

    Virgin of Los Angeles

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    Friday august 2, 2024
    Secular holiday : Feast of Patroness of Costa Rica

    Mothers' Day

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    Thursday august 15, 2024
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    Assumption

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    Monday august 19, 2024
    Catholic : as of 2020, the date varies (should always fall on a Monday)

    The Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture

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    Saturday august 31, 2024
    Culture :

    Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture

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    Sunday september 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : Employees who receive daily or weekly payment (in non-commercial activities), are not entitled to receive payment of this holiday if they do not work that day, but if they work during this non-mandatory payment holiday, then they will be entitled to receive their ordinary daily salary.

    Children's Day

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    Friday september 6, 2024
    School holidays : Lasts 3 days On Friday, the kids mark the day with special activities at school. On Saturday, they receive small presents and candy and other treats. The Museo Nacional (National Museum) has a day filled with art, cultural diversity and happiness of youngsters. On Sunday, the Museo Nacional (National Museum) offers a special program.

    Independence Day

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    Monday september 16, 2024
    Secular holiday : Spain granted the independence in 1821. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Optional holiday

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    Saturday october 12, 2024
    Secular holiday : On October 12, 1492, Christopher Colombus, a navigator from Genova, reached the New World. Numerous nations celebrate this event on October 12. In the U.S. and in Colombia, the celebration takes place on the second Monday of October. Meeting of Cultures Day

    Army Abolition Day

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    Sunday december 1, 2024
    Secular holiday : From 2020

    Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Costa Rica (cycling race)

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    Thursday december 19, 2024
    Sports events : Https://www.uci.org/

    New year holiday (beginning)

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    Friday december 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    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.