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Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Finally Law

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José)
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2020


The President of the Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, has finally signed into law Bill 21.137, which replaces the annual October 12 public holiday of Costa Rica, and with a new annual public holiday on December 1st, to commemorate the Day of the Abolition of the Army (conmemoración de la abolición del ejército en 1948).

Last December (2019-12-02), the Plenary of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly had approved, on first reading, and then on final reading, the aforementioned Bill 21.137 ("Artículo 1 que declara el 1 de diciembre de cada año como Día de la Abolición del Ejército, Artículo 2 que establece a través de una reforma al Código de Trabajo que sea un feriado de pago no obligatorio y elimina esta condición para el 12 de octubre").

The ancestor of bill 21.137 is 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”), which had been introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly, a few years ago (2014-07-31), but which, despite initial ministerial support (2014-11-28) languished in committee.

A new bill to that effect was subsequently introduced in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly (2016-09-19), with amendments to exchange it for the October 12, Día de Encuentro de Culturas, annual non-working public holiday of Costa Rica, but it was rejected by the Committee on Social Affairs of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly (2017-01-18).

Just as all hope of seeing a new annual December 1st public holiday in Costa Rica had been lost, out of the blue, the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, expressed his support for a re-introduced bill which would similarly declare a new annual public holiday in Costa Rica on December 1, as the Day of the Abolition of the Army (2018-12-08).



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