New Year's Day -
Monday January 1, 2018
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
Saturday January 6, 2018
Catholic or protestant : The term comes from ancient Greek and means appearance . Celebrated on the 6th January, this feast corresponds to the presentation of Child Jesus to the Magi. This is the day of Jesus' first miracle, the Wedding in Cana , and the day of his own baptism Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Civil Servants holiday -
Monday January 8, 2018
Banks only : 1839-1903. Born in Rio Cañas in Mayagüez, Hostos received his elementary schooling in San Juan and then went to Spain for both secondary studies and law school. Hostos moved to New York City in 1869 where he became a member of the Cuban Revolutionary Junta. He returned to New York City in 1898 and for the next two years pursued his advocacy of establishing the future status of Puerto Rico through popular vote throughout the island. In 1900 he returned to the Dominican Republic.
Of his fifty books and countless essays, his most important was La Peregrinación de Bayoán, a seminal work promoting Cuban independence.
Christmas holiday (end) -
Wednesday January 10, 2018
School holidays : Http://intraedu.dde.pr
official calendar published by the department of Education
PISA ranking (average 493): 496
Number of teaching days: 181
Schooling is mandatory till age 18
Teaching languages: Spanish, English
schools may open on Saturday
school uniforms not required
confirmed till June 2018
Martin Luther King's Day -
Monday January 15, 2018
Banks only : Martin Luther King was a U.S civil rights leader and American clergyman. His non-violent demonstrations against racial inequality led to civil rights legislation. He was assassinated in 1968. Banks ans administrations are closed. Not a public holiday.
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 22, 2017
School holidays : Www.sjspr.org
Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017
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.