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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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Monday August 15, 2022Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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Monday August 15, 2022AssumptionCatholic
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Wednesday August 31, 2022The Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican CultureEvents, celebrations...
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Monday September 19, 2022Independence DayNational Day
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Monday October 17, 2022Optional holidaySecular holiday
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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, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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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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Mothers' Day

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Monday August 15, 2022
cards/flowers :

Assumption

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Monday August 15, 2022
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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Wednesday August 31, 2022
Culture :

Independence Day

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Monday September 19, 2022
Secular holiday : Spain granted the independence in 1821. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Optional holiday

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Monday October 17, 2022
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

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.

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

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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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

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 2022 edition confirmed