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A preview of the Colombia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2023, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Colombia Public Holidays in 2023
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
        Mon Epiphany Holiday
Mar.    Mon Saint Joseph's Day Holiday
Apr.    Thu Maundy Thursday
        Fri Good Friday
May     Mon Labor Day
        Mon Ascension Holiday
June    Mon Corpus Christi Holiday
        Mon Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart Holiday)
July    Mon Saints Peter and Paul's Day Holiday
        Thu Independence Day
Aug.    Mon Battle of Boyacá Day
        Mon Assumption Day Holiday
Oct.    Mon Día de la Raza Holiday
Nov.    Mon All Saints' Day Holiday
        Mon Cartagena Independence Holiday
Dec.    Fri Immaculate Conception Day
        Mon Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

17 Apr 2015 Colombia Mulls Public Holidays Reduction (Congresso de la República Cámara de Representantes-Bogota) A bill has been introduced in the Colombian Congress to reduce the number of annual non-working public holidays in Colombia by 3, those on March 19, June 4, and November 1st.  02 Jul 2014 Colombian Public Holiday July 4 (Presidencia de la República-Bogota) Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, has decreed a half-day public sector holiday for Friday afternoon, July 4, 2014, starting at 1 pm local time (13:00), to allow public sector employees to watch the Colombia vs. Brazil quarterfinals match.  08 Oct 2013 Colombia October 12 Public holiday Clarification (Presidencia de la República-Bogota) The government of Colombia has issued a reminder that, as per the current legislation regulating non-working public holidays in Colombia, the upcoming Día de la Raza on Saturday, October 12, 2013, will be a regular working day.  22 Jun 2013 Colombian October 21 Public Holiday (Congresso de la República Cámara de Representantes-Bogota) Last spring's bill to declare October 21 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Colombia has been approved in its second reading in the lower house of Colombia (Cámara de Representantes).  02 Apr 2013 Colombian May 12 Public Holiday Update (Congresso de la República Cámara de Representantes-Bogota) The President of Colombia's Congress, Roy Barreras, has announced that he was opposed to the recently-introduced bill purporting to declare May 12 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Colombia.  29 Mar 2013 Colombia Considers May 12 Public Holiday (Congresso de la República Cámara de Representantes-Bogota) A bill has been introduced into the lower house of Colombia (Cámara de Representantes) to declare May 12 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Colombia.  15 Jun 2009 Colombian Long Weekend Public Holidays Update (El Pais-Cali) With this year's occurrence in Colombia of 3 long weekends in the month of June, the debate on the selection of Christian public holidays, and the setting of their dates according to the Ley Emiliani, is again becoming a bone of contention between the government and the trade unions.  08 Oct 2007 Colombia Week Long Columbus Day School Holidays Begin (La Patria) This week, the full week preceding the Columbus Day public holiday, students in Colombia will be off all week, as they have been for a few years, now, the week before Easter.  26 Apr 2007 Colombia Additional School Holidays (Presidencia de la República) The week preceding the Día de la Raza national public holiday, will be an additional week off for teaching staff and students in Colombia, from kindergarten through high school.  14 Feb 2007 (Office of the Press Secretary-the White House) US President, George W. Bush, and First Lady, Mrs. Bush, will travel to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico (in that order) from March 8-14, 2007.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Colombia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Governing Law: The official public holidays of Colombia are regulated by various individual laws, such as the recent Ley 20.215 de 2007, concerning Labour Day.  Emiliani’s Law (Ley 51 de 1983 (Diciembre 6), "Por la cual se traslada el descanso remunerado de algunos días festivos") determines that most (but not all) public holidays in Colombia move to the next Monday whenever the official date occurs on a day other than a Monday, so as not to break the work weeks in half .  Easter week and the full week before Columbus Day: These 2 weeks are now school holidays for all students in Colombia, and therefore many parents take paid, or un-paid, vacation days during these 2 weeks, meaning that although these 2 weeks are not full public holidays, one should expect many people to be off, and business in general to be difficult to conduct.  Colombia International Codes CO and COL (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .co (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Colombia information and news: Bank of the Republic (Colombia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Colombia maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Colombia), and Wikipedia (includes Colombia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Colombia, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Colombia, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Colombia.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2023 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Colombia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Colombia, before planning any trip to Colombia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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