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Costa Rica bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the next 9 months of 2017, 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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Costa Rica Public Holidays in 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sun New Year's Day
Apr. 10 Mon Public Sector Holiday (Semana Santa) (tentative) Government
     11 Tue Juan Santamaria Day
     11 Tue Public Sector Holiday (Semana Santa) (tentative) Government
     12 Wed Public Sector Holiday (Semana Santa) (tentative) Government
     13 Thu Maundy Thursday
     14 Fri Good Friday
May   1 Mon Labor Day
July 25 Tue Guanacaste Day
Aug.  2 Wed Lady of the Angels' Day
     15 Tue Mothers' Day / Assumption
Sep. 15 Fri Independence Day
Oct. 16 Mon Feriado del Encuentro de las Culturas
Dec.    Mon Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates

18 Jan 2017 Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Rejected (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) The Committee on Social Affairs of Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has finally rejected last year's bill introduced by MPs from the Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) and the Frente Amplio (FA) which would have declared December 1st, the anniversary of the the abolition of the army, as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, to replace the October 12, celebration meeting of cultures annual public holiday of Costa Rica.  15 Dec 2016 Costa Rica 2016-2017 Year-End Public Holidays Ruled-Out (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) The Costa Rican Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (MTSS) has issued a communiqué ruling-out the declaration of Monday, December 26, 2016, and Monday, January 2, 2017, as additional non-working public holidays in Costa Rica due to the upcoming annual Christmas and New Year public holidays of Costa Rica falling on a Sunday.  12 Dec 2016 Costa Rican 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has released the annual list of official non-working public holiday in Costa Rica for the upcoming calendar year 2017.  23 Nov 2016 Costa Rican Otto Public Holidays November 24-25 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solís, has issued a decree declaring Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, 2016, as one-off non-working public holidays in Costa Rica, on account of the impending arrival of tropical storm Otto.  22 Sep 2016 Costa Rican Public Holiday October 17 (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has confirmed that the upcoming October 12 non-working public holiday for Costa Rica's (Día del Encuentro de Culturas) was an official non-working public holiday (feriado de pago no obligatorio), but that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica and, as it occurs on a Wednesday in 2016, its observance would be moved to Monday, October 17, 2016.  19 Sep 2016 Costa Rica December 1st Public Holiday Returns (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) 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.  12 Aug 2016 Costa Rica Mother's Day 2016 Public Holiday (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica-San José) Costa Rica's Minister of Public works and Transportation (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes - MOPT) has confirmed that the upcoming August 15 non-working public holiday for Mother's Day (Día de la Madre) was an official non-working public holiday, and that, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica, its observance would not and could not be moved to another date.  22 Jul 2016 Costa Rica Public Holiday On July 25 (La Nación-San José) Costa Rica's Minister of Labour has once again confirmed that the upcoming día de la Anexión del Partido de Nicoya non-working public holiday would be observed on Monday, July 25, 2016, as per the amended public holidays legislation of Costa Rica.  07 Jun 2016 Costa Rica Mulls June 17 Public Holiday (La Nación-San José) Costa Rica's legislature is to consider a bill by Liberación Nacional MP, Rolando González, which would declare June 17, Costa Rican Father's Day (Día del Padre), as a new annual non-working public holiday in Costa Rica.  29 Apr 2016 Costa Rican May 2 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (La Nación-San José) Costa Rica's Ministry of Labour (Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social - MTSS) has announced that the date of the upcoming, May 1st, non-working public holiday in Costa Rica, as per Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labor Code, would be Sunday, May 1st, 2016.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Costa Rica 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 list and dates of official public holidays in Costa Rica are regulated by Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labour code of 1943, as amended over the years, and most recently, in 2007, by the Legislative Decree Nº 8604 (Reforma del Segundo Párrafo del Artículo 148 del Código De Trabajo, Ley N.º 2, y sus Reformas) of September 17.  Unpaid Public Holidays: Two of the public holidays listed in the Labour Code are classified as public holidays with no obligation on an employer's part to pay his/her employees (feriados de pago no obligatorio). These 2 public holidays are: August 2 (Día de la Virgen de los Ángeles) and October 12 (Día de las Culturas or Día de la Raza).  Costa Rica International Codes CR and CRI (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .cr (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Costa Rica information and news: Central Bank of Costa Rica (Costa Rica central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Costa Rica maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Costa Rica), and Wikipedia (includes Costa Rica commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Costa Rica, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Disclaimer
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 2017 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Costa Rica, 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 Costa Rica, before planning any trip to Costa Rica. 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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