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Costa Rica Abandons June 21 Fathers Day Public Holiday Move

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José)
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2021

Costa Rican President, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, has announced that his government would no longer pursue the legislative plan to move this year's Father's Day to Monday, June 21, 2021, and declare that date as a non-mandatory pay holiday in order to create a new long weekend to reactivate tourism.

Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, later confirmed the above in plain terms; "The Government of the Republic will not present before the Legislative Assembly the bill to declare Father's Day as a non-compulsory pay holiday in 2021 and with the possibility of celebration during the week".

The topic of a public holiday for Father's Day, is a hot topic in Costa Rica, with at least 5 different bills currently under consideration (2017-11-25 and 2016-06-07).

But, despite amendments to the 2020-2024 list of public holidays in Costa Rica, which saw many of the 2020-2024 public holidays moved to adjoin a nearby weekend (2020-07-18, 2020-07-02, 2020-06-17, 2020-06-02, 2020-05-07 and 2020-04-22), there had been no change to the 2021 date of the Father's Day public holiday.

Then, earlier this year (2021-02-17), the Government of President Carlos Alvarado announced legislation to declare June 21, 2021, as a one-off Father's Day public holiday in Costa Rica, "in order to reactive national tourism".

A follow-up statement by Costa Rica's Ministry of Labor had then stressed that "it would only be for this year, with the objective that workers have a long weekend" and that June 21 would be "a non-compulsory pay holiday, most salaried employees will have the day off and this cannot be reduced from their salary".

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