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Costa Rican Public Holiday On October 17

Source: La Nación (San José)
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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.

A law passed by the Abel Pacheco administration in 2005 (2005-03-17), amended the 1996 law (1996-07-17), and specified that 4 public holidays would move from mid-week to the following Monday (April 11, July 25, August 15, and October 12).

But as soon as that law was passed, attempts were made to reverse it, piecemeal.

The August 15 public holiday was made immovable again four years ago (2007-10-05), after a previous failed last-minute attempt (2007-08-10).

Then, 2 years ago (2009-06-26), Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly Third Plenary Commission ratified a bill which fixed the date of the observance of the Guanacaste Annexation public holiday to July 25, regardless of the weekday on which July 25 occurs.

Finally, last year (2010-10-06), a law was passed fixing the date of the Juan Santamaria Day public holiday to April 11, regardless of the weekday on which it falls, meaning that of the 4 public holidays covered by the Abel Pacheco administration 2005 law, only October 12 remains as a variable date public holiday.

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