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Costa Rica Public Holidays News and Updates

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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Costa Rica public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of July 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Costa Rica public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Costa Rica public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Jul
  • 30
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  • Costa Rican 2019 Public Holiday On August 2

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming "Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles" annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica would be observed on its set date of August 2, and not moved to another weekday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Jul
  • 18
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  • Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Progresses In Lower House

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - The bill 21.137, which was introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly, late last year, to declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, in exchange for the October 12 public holiday of Costa Rica being canceled, has received approval from the lower house's committee for science technology and education, and now moves to the floor for debate.
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  • Jul
  • 14
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  • Costa Rica Public Holiday July 25

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya non-working public holiday would be observed on Monday, July 25, 2016, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Apr
  • 10
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  • Costa Rica April 11 Public Holiday Maintained

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has announced that the date of the upcoming non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to commemorate Juan Santamaría, as per Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labor Code, would be Thusday, April 11, 2019.
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2018

  • Dec
  • 8
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  • Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Reloaded

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, has expressed his support for a bill being studied by Congress which would declare a new annual public holiday in Costa Rica on December 1, as the Day of the Abolition of the Army (Día de la Abolición del Ejército).
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  • Dec
  • 5
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  • Costa Rican 2019 Public Holidays Announced

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has released the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2019.
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  • Nov
  • 29
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  • Costa Rican 2018-2019 Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Cabinet has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the upcoming Christmas holidays, from Saturday, December 22, 2018, until Sunday, January 6, 2019, inclusively.
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  • Aug
  • 1
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday August 2

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming "Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles" annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica would be observed on its set date of August 2, and not moved to another weekday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Apr
  • 19
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  • Costa Rican Inaugural Public Holiday May 8

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of of the Interior, Gustavo Mata, and departing President, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, have signed a decree declaring Tuesday, May 8, 2018, as a one-off non-working public sector holiday in Costa Rica, on account of the upcoming inauguration of president-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
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  • Apr
  • 8
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  • Costa Rica Confirms April 11 Public Holiday

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has announced that the date of the upcoming non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to commemorate Juan Santamaría, as per Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labor Code, would be Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
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  • Mar
  • 16
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  • Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 24-April 1

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 24, until Sunday, April 1, 2018, inclusively.
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2017

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Costa Rican 2018 Public Holidays Announced

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has released the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2018.
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  • Nov
  • 25
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  • Costa Rica June 17 Public Holiday Moves Ahead

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's legislature has finally docketed, and recorded in the Diario La Gaceta, the bill by the Liberación Nacional MP, Rolando González, which would declare June 17, Costa Rican Father's Day (Día del Padre), as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica.
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  • Nov
  • 21
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday November 24

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Government has declared Friday morning, November 24, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holiday to allow civil servants to join that day's march on the day of the "Día Internacional de la No Violencia contra la Mujer".
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  • Oct
  • 4
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  • Costa Rican Public Holidays October 5-6

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solís, has issued 2 decrees declaring Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Costa Rica, on account of the heavy rains due to tropical storm Nate.
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  • Oct
  • 2
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday October 16

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming October 12 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's (Día del Encuentro de Culturas) was an official non-working public holiday (feriado de pago no obligatorio), but that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and, as it occurs on a Thursday, in 2017, its observance would be moved to Monday, October 16, 2017.
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  • Sep
  • 9
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  • Costa Rica Public Holiday September 15

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming September 15 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's Independence Day was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Mar
  • 15
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  • Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays April 8-16

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that the Costa Rican public sector and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, April 8, until Sunday, April 16, 2017, inclusively.
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  • Jan
  • 18
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  • Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Rejected

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - The Committee on Social Affairs of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has finally rejected last year's bill introduced by MPs from the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) and the Frente Amplio (FA) which would have declared December 1st, the anniversary of the abolition of the army, as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, to replace the October 12, celebration meeting of cultures annual public holiday of Costa Rica.
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2016

  • Dec
  • 15
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  • Costa Rica 2016-2017 Year-End Public Holidays Ruled-Out

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - The Costa Rican Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (MTSS) has issued a communiqué ruling-out the declaration of Monday, December 26, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017, as additional non-working public holidays in Costa Rica due to the upcoming annual Christmas and New Year public holidays of Costa Rica falling on a Sunday.
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  • Dec
  • 12
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  • Costa Rican 2017 Public Holidays Announced

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has released the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2017.
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  • Nov
  • 23
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  • Costa Rican Otto Public Holidays November 24-25

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solís, has issued a decree declaring Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, 2016, as one-off non-working public holidays in Costa Rica, on account of the impending arrival of tropical storm Otto.
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  • Sep
  • 22
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday October 17

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming October 12 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's (Día del Encuentro de Culturas) was an official non-working public holiday (feriado de pago no obligatorio), but that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and, as it occurs on a Wednesday in 2016, its observance would be moved to Monday, October 17, 2016.
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  • Sep
  • 19
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  • Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Returns

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - A new bill has been introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly by MPs from the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) and the Frente Amplio (FA) which would declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica.
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Costa Rica Mother's Day 2016 Public Holiday

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Public works and Transportation (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes - MOPT) has confirmed that the upcoming August 15 non-working public holiday for Mother's Day (Día de la Madre) was an official non-working public holiday, and that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica, its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Jul
  • 22
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  • Costa Rica Public Holiday On July 25

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya non-working public holiday would be observed on Monday, July 25, 2016, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Jun
  • 7
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  • Costa Rica Mulls June 17 Public Holiday

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's legislature is to consider a bill by Liberación Nacional MP, Rolando González, which would declare June 17, Costa Rican Father's Day (Día del Padre), as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica.
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  • Apr
  • 29
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  • Costa Rican May 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has announced that the date of the upcoming, May 1st, non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, as per Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labor Code, would be Sunday, May 1st, 2016.
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  • Apr
  • 7
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday April 11

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has announced that the date of the upcoming non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to commemorate Juan Santamaría, as per Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labor Code, would be Tuesday, April 11, 2016.
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  • Feb
  • 24
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  • Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 19-27

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has announced that Costa Rican public sector workers and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 19, until Sunday, March 27, 2016, inclusively.
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2015

  • Nov
  • 30
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  • Costa Rican 2016 Public Holidays Announced

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has released the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2016.
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  • Oct
  • 9
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday October 12

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming October 12 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's (Día del Encuentro de Culturas) was an official non-working public holiday (feriado de pago no obligatorio), as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that, as it occurs on a Monday in 2015, its observance would not be moved to another date.
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  • Sep
  • 12
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  • Costa Rica Public Holiday September 15

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming September 15 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's Independence Day (194 Aniversario de la Independencia de Costa Rica) was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Costa Rica Mother's Day 2015 Public Holiday

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming August 15 non-working public holiday for Mother's Day (Día de la Madre) was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Jul
  • 30
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  • Costa Rican August 2 Public Holiday Confirmed

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming "Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles" annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica would be observed on its set date of August 2, and not moved to another weekday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Mar
  • 29
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  • Costa Rican Public Holidays April 2-3

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour has announced that Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, 2015, would be non-working public holidays in Costa Rica on account of the upcoming feasts of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday ("Jueves y Viernes Santo son feriados de pago obligatorio para los trabajadores").
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2014

  • Nov
  • 28
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  • Costa Rica December 1 Public Holiday Postponed

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour, Harold Villegas, has stated that the bill being voted on by the Costa Rica national assembly to declare December 1 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica would likely pass, but not in time for this year.
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Costa Rica Confirms August 15 Public Holiday

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming August 15 non-working public holiday for Mothers' Day was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Jul
  • 31
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  • Costa Rica Mulls December 1 Public Holiday

    Asamblea Legislativa de la República de Costa Rica (San José) - A bill has been introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly to declare December 1 as a new annual non-working public holiday to commemorate the centenary of Costa Rica's neutrality.
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  • May
  • 15
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  • Costa Rica World Cup Public Holiday Ruled-Out

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's recently-inaugurated president, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, has ruled-out the notion that he would declare one or more one-off non-working public holidays in Costa Rica, to coincide with the upcoming Soccer World Cup, and in particular on June 14, 2014, when Costa Rica faces Uruguay.
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  • Apr
  • 29
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday May 8

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour, Olman Segura, has announced that Thursday, May 8, 2014, had been declared as another one-off non-working public sector holiday in Costa Rica, on account of the upcoming inauguration of president-elect Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.
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  • Apr
  • 1
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  • Costa Rican April 2014 Public Holidays

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has announced the dates of the non-working public holidays in Costa Rica for the month of April 2014, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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2013

  • Oct
  • 3
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  • Costa Rica Rules-Out October 14 Public Holiday

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that Monday, October 14, 2013, was not to be a non-working public holiday to compensate for the fact that this year's "Día de las Culturas" annual public holiday of Costa Rica falls on a Saturday, and that its observance would not be moved to another date ("aclaró que el lunes 14 de octubre no es feriado").
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  • Sep
  • 11
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday September 15

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that September 15, 2013, was to be a non-working public holiday for the "Día de la Independencia" of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday August 15

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming August 15 non-working public holiday for Mothers' Day was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and that its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.
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  • Jul
  • 30
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday August 2

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming August 2 non-working public holiday was an official non-working public holiday, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Jul
  • 22
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday July 25

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya non-working public holiday would be observed on Thursday, July 25, 2013, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Jun
  • 12
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  • Costa Rican March 8 Public Holiday Update

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - A 2008 bill to reform Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labour Code by adding International Women's Day, on March 8, as a new annual non-working public holiday, has finally moved to the plenary commission.
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  • May
  • 29
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday June 3

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Government has declared Monday, June 3rd, 2013, as another one-off non-working public sector holiday in Costa Rica, this time to coincide with the visit in Costa Rica of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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  • May
  • 2
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday May 3rd

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Government has declared Friday, May 3rd, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to coincide with the visit in Costa Rica of US President Obama.
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  • Apr
  • 22
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday May 1st

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming Día Internacional del Trabajador non-working public holiday would be observed on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, as per the current public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Apr
  • 3
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday April 11

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming Día de Juan Santamaría non-working public holiday would be observed on Thursday, April 11, 2013, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Mar
  • 18
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  • Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 23-31

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has announced that Costa Rican public sector workers and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 23, until Sunday, March 31, 2013, inclusively.
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2012

  • Oct
  • 26
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  • Costa Rican March 8 Public Holiday Update

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Legislative Commission on Gender Equality (Comisión Legislativa de la Mujer) is about to consider legislation that would add a new annual non-working public holiday for International Women's Day on March 8.
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  • Oct
  • 8
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  • Costa Rican October 12 Public Holiday Moved

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming día del encuentro de culturas non-working public holiday would be observed on Monday, October 15, 2012, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Jul
  • 24
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  • Costa Rican July 25 Public Holiday Confirmed

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has confirmed that the upcoming día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya non-working public holiday would be observed on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.
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  • Mar
  • 25
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  • Costa Rican Public Sector Holidays March 31-April 8

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has announced that Costa Rican public sector workers and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 31, until Sunday, April 8, 2012, inclusively.
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2011

  • Sep
  • 27
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  • Costa Rican Public Holiday On October 17

    La Nación (San José) - The Costa Rican Ministry of Labour has issued a press release announcing that the upcoming, October 12, "Día del Encuentro de la Culturas", would be observed as a non-working public holiday on Monday, October, 17, 2011.
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2010

  • Oct
  • 6
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  • Costa Rica Amends April 11 Public Holiday Law

    El País (San José) - The bill fixing the date of the Juan Santamaria Day public holiday to April 11, regardless of the weekday on which it falls, has passed its second reading in front of the Plenario Legislativo.
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  • Sep
  • 30
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  • Costa Rica Announces October 18 Public Holiday

    Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (República de Costa Rica) - Costa Rica's Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social has announced that the upcoming, annual, October 12 public holiday would be observed on Monday, October 18, 2010.
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  • Jun
  • 30
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  • Costa Rica Adds New March Public Holiday

    Asamblea Legislativa de la República de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has unanimously approved, in commission, the amendment of the Labour Code of Costa Rica to make March 8, the "Día Internacional de la Mujer", a paid non-working public holiday for all sectors of the economy.
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  • Mar
  • 11
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  • Costa Rica Declares Holy Week Public Sector Holidays

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Arias, has announced that Costa Rican public sector workers and government agencies would benefit from public holidays during the entire upcoming Holy Week, that is to say, from Saturday, March 27, until Sunday, April 4, 2010, inclusively.
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2009

  • Dec
  • 22
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  • Costa Rica Announces Year-End Financial Holidays

    Banco Central de Costa Rica (San José) - Costa Rica's Central Bank has announced that it will be closed on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, and that as such, there will be no trading, foreign exchange, clearing or settlement activity.
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  • Jun
  • 26
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  • Costa Rica July 25 Public Holiday Fixed

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly Third Plenary Commission has ratified the bill submitted by Social Christian deputy, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez. The Commission's Brief 16.330, fixes the date of the observance of the Guanacaste Annexation public holiday to July 25, regardless of the weekday on which July 25 occurs.
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  • Jun
  • 19
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  • Costa Rica July 25 Public Holiday Update

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Parliament has approved Bill 16.330 which would make the July 25 annual public holiday immovable (ie. it would always be observed on July 25).
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  • Apr
  • 4
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  • Costa Rica Declares April 13 Day In Lieu In Alajuela

    El País (San José) - The annual Juan Santamaría procession will occur on Monday, April 13, instead of the annual date of April 11, as April 11, 2009, coincides with Holy Saturday. As such, Monday, April 13, 2009, will be a one-off public sector holiday in Alajuela.
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  • Mar
  • 19
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  • Costa Rica Public Sector Holidays April 4-12

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of the Presidency, Rodrigo Arias, announced yesterday that the public sector employees would benefit from 3 additional days of public holidays, during the upcoming Easter week (Semana Santa), meaning that Costa Rica government offices will be closed from Friday night, April 3, until Monday morning, April 13, 2009.
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  • Jan
  • 13
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  • Costa Rica Postpones January 14 Regional Public Holidays

    Inside Costa Rica (San Jose) - The regional festivities in Palmares and Santa Cruz, due to occur tomorrow, have been postponed, due to the declaration of 5 days of national mourning (January 12-16) following last Thursday's earthquake.
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2008

  • Nov
  • 29
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  • Costa Rica Set To Keep July 25 Public Holiday Fixed

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's 2005 movable public holidays law is set to suffer one more blow as Costa Rican deputies have introduced a bill that would the practice of moving the July 25, "Anexión de Guanacaste", public holiday to the nearest Monday, when it fall on a mid-week weekday.
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  • Nov
  • 28
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  • Costa Rica Public Service Holidays From December 20 To January 4

    Diario Extra - Following yesterday's Cabinet meeting, the Ministro de la Presidencia, Rodrigo Arias, announced that all central government employees, offices and agencies will be closed from Friday night, December 19, 2008, until Monday morning, January 5, 2009.
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  • Jul
  • 17
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  • Costa Rica's Attempt To Fix July 25 Public Holiday Bogged Down In Parliament

    Diario Extra - An initiative in Parliament to make the Guanacaste Annexation public holiday always fall on its historic date of July 25 (as opposed to the nearest Monday, as is the case since law 8604 of 2007) has been thwarted by a procedural deluge of 237 motions tabled by the Libertarian Party (who had instituted the 2007 law moving some public holidays to the nearest Monday).
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  • Mar
  • 11
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  • Costa Rica December 31 Bank Holiday

    National NCS - Costa Rican banks and financial institutions will be closed on Wednesday, December 31, 2008.
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2007

  • Oct
  • 5
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  • Costa Rica Amends List of Movable Public Holidays

    La Gaceta Digital - Costa Rica's deputies have passed Law 8604 of 17 September 2007 which amends article 148, paragraph two of the Labor Code, Law 2 of 26 August 1943 and its amendments.
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  • Aug
  • 10
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  • Costa Rica Mothers Day Public Holiday To Become Fixed Again

    Teletica - Despite efforts by many members of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, the law moving Mothers' Day from August 15 to the next Monday was not repealed, and the Mothers' Day public holiday, in Costa Rica, will occur on Monday, August 20, in 2007, as previously forecast.
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  • Jun
  • 14
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  • Costa Rica Debates Changing Public Holidays Back To Fixed Dates

    Telenoticias - The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica is moving ahead with a revision of this year's decision to make some of the Costa Rica public holidays move to the nearest Monday (specifically: April 11, July 25, August 15, and October 12).
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  • Apr
  • 10
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  • Costa Rica Double Public Holiday In Alajuela Province

    Teletica 7 - Civil servants, teachers and professors in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica's second most important province, will be entitled to a double public holiday, tomorrow, April 11, on the anniversary of Juan Santamaria, and again on Monday April 16.
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  • Mar
  • 28
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  • Costa Rica Extended School Holidays

    La Nación - All public school students, as well as teaching and administrative staff who work for the Ministry of Education (MEP), will be on holidays for 3 additional days, from Monday to Wednesday, April 2 to 4, which added to the following Thursday and Friday (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday).
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  • Jan
  • 15
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  • Costa Rica Considering Changes To Moveable Public Holidays

    Al Día - The legislation that aims to rescind the moving of some public holidays to the nearest Monday, lead by Saturnino Fonseca and Lorena Vázquez, leader of the PUSC group in the assembly, is gathering steam.
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2006

  • Dec
  • 24
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  • Costa Rica's Moving Public Holidays Credited With Improved Tourism

    Instituto Costarricense de Turismo - The ICT (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) has just released a report showing a markedly improved tourism trade in 2006 (tourism accounts for 22% of Costa Rica's foreign trade, and 7.5% of its GDP). One of the points noted in the report, is that the recent practice of moving fixed date public holidays to the following Monday, has played a part in this improvement in tourism.
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  • Oct
  • 20
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  • Costa Rica's Asked To Exempt Schools From Moveable Public Holidays

    La Nación - The Ministry of Education has asked Parliament to either abrogate, or grant students derogations to, the recent law moving some of the fixed date Costa Rican holidays to the following Monday.
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  • Apr
  • 4
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  • Costa Rica Implements Mid-Week Public Holidays Move

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour, Fernando Trejos, confirmed that the upcoming April 11 public holiday would be moved to Monday, April 17, 2009. In addition, the public sector will be on holidays for the entire Holy Week (from April 9-16).
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  • Feb
  • 14
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  • Costa Rica Declares 10-Day Easter Public Sector Holidays

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's Minister of Labour, Fernando Trejos, has announced that the public sector would benefit from 10 consecutive days of public holidays on the occasion of the upcoming Easter week (Semana Santa).
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2005

  • Mar
  • 17
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  • Costa Rica Moves 4 Public Holidays To The Following Monday

    Al Día - Parliament passed an amendment to Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labour Code, moving the public holidays of April 11, July 25, August 15, and October 12, to the following Monday, if they fall on a mid-week weekday.
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2004

  • Oct
  • 5
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  • Costa Rica Moves Columbus Day Public Sector Holiday

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's head of the legal department of the Department of Labor, Érick Briones, announced that the upcoming Día del Encuentro de Culturas public holiday (Columbus Day) would be moved to October 18, for the public sector, and those private sector employees whose employers have reached an agreement with them.
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2002

  • Apr
  • 10
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  • Costa Rica Splits Observance Of April 11 Public Holiday

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica's head of the legal department of the Department of Labor, Érick Briones, confirmed that all public sector workers would be on public holidays for the April 11 public holiday, but that private sector workers, would for the most part have a public holiday on Friday, April 12, 2002, instead.
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2001

  • Oct
  • 8
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  • Costa Rica Moves October Public Holiday

    La Nación (San José) - The Government of Costa Rica has announced that the upcoming, October 12, Día de las Culturas, public holiday would be moved to Monday, October 15, 2001.
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  • Jul
  • 23
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  • Costa Rica Declares 3-Day Public Holidays

    La Nación (San José) - Costa Rica has declared a 3-day regional public holiday in Cartage, from Wednesday to Friday, August 1-3, 2001, inclusively.
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1996

  • Oct
  • 10
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  • Costa Rica Officializes Cancellation of 4 Public Holidays

    La Universidad Estatal a Distancia (San José) - Costa Rica's government has published a decree (Decreto número 25570-MTSS del 7 de octubre de 1996) officializing the cancellation of 4 religious public holidays.
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  • Jul
  • 17
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  • Costa Rica Cancels 4 Public Holidays

    La Nación (San José) - On Monday, Costa Rica's Congress voted an amendment to Article 148 of the current Labour Code, which removes 4 public holidays enjoyed by the public sector, thus putting both the private and public sector on an equal footing, as far as paid public holidays are concerned.
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See also: Costa Rica bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Background Information (Costa Rica)