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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 January 1, 2022School holidaysSchool holidays
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Saturday January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 3, 2022New year holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday January 21, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday February 6, 2022Presidential electionSpecial Events
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Monday February 14, 2022Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Thursday February 17, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday March 19, 2022Feast of San José (St José only)Events, celebrations...
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Friday April 8, 2022Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday April 11, 2022Heroes DaySecular holiday
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Thursday April 14, 2022Maundy ThursdayCatholic or protestant
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Friday April 15, 2022Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 18, 2022Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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Sunday May 1, 2022Labor DaySecular holiday
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Wednesday May 18, 2022Expo ConstrucciónTradeshows
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Monday May 30, 2022Reporter's DaySpecial Events
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Wednesday June 15, 2022Arbor Daycards/flowers
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Tuesday June 21, 2022Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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Friday July 1, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Monday July 18, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday July 25, 2022Guanacaste AnnexionSecular holiday
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School holidays

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Saturday January 1, 2022
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

Dates confirmed till Jan 2023

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

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New Year's Day

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Saturday January 1, 2022
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

New year holiday (end)

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Monday January 3, 2022
School holidays :

Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Friday January 21, 2022
School holidays :

Presidential election

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Sunday February 6, 2022
Special Events :

Valentine's Day

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Monday February 14, 2022
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

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Thursday February 17, 2022
School holidays :

Feast of San José (St José only)

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Saturday March 19, 2022
Culture :

Easter holiday (beginning)

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Friday April 8, 2022
School holidays :

Heroes Day

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Monday April 11, 2022
Secular holiday : Juan Santamaría (August 29, 1831 - April 11, 1856), national hero

Maundy Thursday

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Thursday April 14, 2022
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 15, 2022
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 18, 2022
School holidays :

Labor Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
Secular holiday :

Expo Construcción

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Wednesday May 18, 2022
Tradeshows : Lasts 5 days - www.construccion.co.cr/ in San José 2022 edition confirmed

Reporter's Day

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Monday May 30, 2022
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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Wednesday June 15, 2022
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Fathers' Day

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Tuesday June 21, 2022
cards/flowers :

Summer holiday (beginning)

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Friday July 1, 2022
School holidays :

Summer holiday (end)

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Monday July 18, 2022
School holidays :

Guanacaste Annexion

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Monday July 25, 2022
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.