... Costa Rica's Holidays ...
by Infocostarica Staff
Costa Rica is a Catholic country and its holidays are mostly
church-related. Most businesses, including banks, close on official holidays. The country
closes down entirely during the biggest holiday time, Easter Holy Week, but only during
Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday, by Holy Sunday, some services might be available, but
don't count on it in remote parts of the country. Buses stop running on Holy Thursday and
Good Friday. Banks and offices are closed. And hotels and car rentals are booked solid
weeks in advance as everyone seems to head for the beach. Avoid the popular beaches during
Easter week. Most Ticos now take the whole Christmas holiday week through New Year as an
Easter is a perfect opportunity to see colorful religious processions. Individual towns
also celebrate their patron saints day: highlights usually include a procession,
plus bullfights, rodeos, dancing, and other parades. Fireworks and firecrackers are
a popular part of local fiestas and church celebrations.
This is the list of the main and official holidays in Costa Rica:
January 1st: New Years Day, celebrated with a big dance in
San Joses Parque Central.
March 19th: St. Josephs Day, patron saint of San Jose and
San Jose province.
Easter: Holy Week, Semana Santa. Dates vary annually but
businesses will often close for the entire week preceding Easter weekend.
April 11th: Juan Santamaria Day. Public holiday to commemorate
the national hero who fought at the battle of Rivas against the American invader William
Walker in 1856.
May 1st: Labor Day. Dia de los Trabajadores.
June: Corpus Christi
June 29th: St. Peter and St. Pauls Day
July 25th: Guanacaste Day. To mark the annexation of Guanacaste
from Nicaragua in 1824.
b>August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint of Costa
August 15th: Mothers Day and Assumption Day
September 15th: Independence Day, with big patriotic parades
celebrates Costa Ricas independence from Spain in 1821.
October 12th: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). Limon province
only, marked by carnival, which take place in the week prior to October 12.
November 2nd: All souls Day
December 8th: Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
December 25th: Christmas Day. Family-oriented celebrations with
trips to the beach. Much consumption of apples and grapes.