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Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Returns

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José)
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016
Most recent follow-up news item: November 29, 2021


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.

Two years ago (2014-07-31), bill 19 230 (Celebración Del 1º De Diciembre Como “Día De La Abolición Del Ejército, Neutralidad En Conflictos Y Promoción De La Paz Entre Las Naciones”) was introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly, aiming to declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica to commemorate the centenary of Costa Rica's neutrality. But, later that same year (2014-11-28), Costa Rica's Minister of Labour, Harold Villegas, stated that that bill would likely pass, but not in time for 2014. Since then, the bill to declare December 1 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica has languished.

In its current incarnation, the aforementioned bill to declare December 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, would not be compulsory ("feriado oficial no pago ni obligatorio"), although some of the amendments being circulated would exchange it for the October 12, Día de Encuentro de Culturas, annual non-working public holiday of Costa Rica, which legislators on the left qualify as a day not worth celebrating ("no debería celebrarse, ni mucho menos ser feriado") inasmuch as the "encounter" of said cultures was nothing but ("ese 12 de octubre es un eufemismo hablar de encuentro de culturas, ahí lo que se dio fue el aplastamiento de una cultura sobre otra").

Note that another bill is still circulating with the aim of making June 17 a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for Fathers' Day (2016-06-07), to accompany the similarly-inspired Costa Rican Mother's Day (Día de la Madre) annual non-working public holiday on August 15, which is now observed on a fixed date in August (2015-08-12, 2014-08-12 and 2013-08-12).



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