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|Holidays in Costa Rica
A Catholic nation, Costa Rica observes many holidays that relate to church and religion. The country closes down during Easter Holy Week, and the majority of the populous make their way to the beach.
San Jose in particular is a ghost town. No alcoholic beverages are served or sold during this week. Most people stock up on beverages before the holiday week. Banks and offices are closed, as are most local businesses. Hotels are normally booked months in advance for this particular week as well.
A list of other Holidays in Costa Rica is below:
January 1st: New Yearís Day, celebrated with a big dance
in San Joseís Parque Central.
March 19th: St. Josephís Day,
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. Paulís Day
July 25th: Guanacaste Day. To mark the annexation of
Guanacaste from Nicaragua in 1824.
August 2nd: Virgin de los Angeles Day. Patron saint
of Costa Rica.
August 15th: Motherís Day and Assumption Day
September 15th: Independence Day, with big patriotic parades
celebrates Costa Ricaís 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 soulís 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.
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