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Costa Rica April 11 Public Holiday Maintained

Source: La Nación (San José)
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019


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.

Over a decade ago (2005-03-17), legislation passed by the Abel Pacheco administration specified that 4 of Costa Rica's annual non-working public holidays would move to the following Monday, whenever their fixed observance date fell mid-week. These 4 annual non-working public holidays in Costa Rica were those of April 11 (día de Juan Santamaría), July 25 (día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya), August 15 (Mothers' Day), and October 12 (día del encuentro de culturas).

But the provisions of that law were slowly unraveled over the subsequent years, starting with the August 15 public holiday which was reset to a fixed date non-working public holiday (2007-10-05 and 2007-08-10), followed a couple of years later by the July 25 public holiday which was reset to a fixed date non-working public holiday (2009-06-26, 2008-11-29, 2009-06-19), followed a year later by the aforementioned April 11 public holiday which was reset to a fixed date non-working public holiday (2010-10-06) and maintained as such (2016-04-07), now leaving only one of the original 4 moving public holidays; October 12.


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